Following a temporary pause in plans to implement Low Emission Zones in Scotland in response to COVID-19, there is now a revised indicative timescale that aims to see their introduction between February and May of 2022. The timetable is not finalised however it does represent a clear commitment by all partners to work as quickly as possible to introduce LEZs at the earliest possible time.
For Glasgow, these revisions mean it will not be possible for Phase 2 of our LEZ to apply to all vehicles by 31 December 2022 as originally planned - this is because LEZs in Scotland can only be enforced after a compulsory grace period of at least one year after its introduction. Instead, Phase 2 will be moved out to 2023, with a more detailed, revised timetable for enforcement to be published as soon as possible.
Our LEZ webpages contain the most up to date information and are refreshed regularly.
Check out Transport Scotland's online checker to see if your vehicle is likely to comply and click here for answers to frequently asked questions, including what the expected emission standards are, exemptions and funding assistance.
Glasgow's LEZ will adopt the following emission standards:
Motorcycles, mopeds, motorised tricycles and quadricycles are likely to be scoped out of LEZ schemes across Scotland.
You may be able to find Euro standard information on the inside of the passenger/driver door frame. For newer vehicles, the Euro standard may be listed on the V5C registration document/log book. If you are in any doubt, you can contact the vehicle manufacturer to check.
Transport Scotland are working on an online tool that will enable motorists to check if their vehicle meets LEZ emission standards by entering their registration number. Until this is ready, they have prepared a basic online vehicle checker. Whilst the results are not a guarantee or proof that a vehicle can enter a LEZ, they can give an indication meantime.
Set at national level by the Scottish Government, some categories of vehicles will be exempt from Low Emission Zone requirements. These include:
In addition to LEZ exemptions set nationally through Regulations, the council may also have the power to issue 'time-limited' (temporary) exemptions in respect of specific vehicle types/categories. This could mean an exemption period of up to one year which would then require renewal if the exemption were to be continued. Further details will follow when available.
The Scottish Government committed, through the 2018 Programme for Government, to help those who will have most difficulty preparing for the introduction of low emission zones in the four cities of Glasgow, Edinburgh, Dundee and Aberdeen.
Full details of all current Scottish Government grant funding availability (and to register for future rounds) can be found on the national LEZs website.
Other, related grants and loans funded by Transport Scotland and managed by the Energy Saving Trust (EST), can be found on the EST website.
ECO Stars is the FREE recognition scheme that aims to help fleet operators improve efficiency, reduce fuel consumption and emissions whilst achieving cost savings.
The initiative is operated on behalf of the council by TRL and is available for fleets of any size.
Membership has shown in numerous case studies to have had a dramatic improvement in fuel efficiency which not only saves money for organisations, it also results in a reduction in environmental impact.
Read more here about how Eco Stars can help your business.
Active travel is a fantastic way to avoid driving into Glasgow's LEZ and is beneficial to your health and fitness. If you don't have far to travel, you could consider walking or cycling to your destination. If your journey is longer, why not walk or cycle to the bus stop, railway station or other form of public transport?
Don't have access to a cycle? Why not consider Glasgow's hugely popular cycle hire scheme? Operated by nextbike on behalf of the council, now is the ideal opportunity to try this popular mode of travel, with a promotional offer of 30 mins free standard hire for every rental. Until March 2021, for casual users of the scheme, every rental under 30 minutes duration is free of charge, and for existing subscribers, this has been extended to the first 60 minutes of any hire. There is no limit on the number of times the offer can be used by a person. Find out more here.
There is lots of information and help available including an Energy Saving Trust e-bike loan and the Energy Saving Trust e-bike grant fund for local authorities, public sector agencies, further and higher education institutions, active travel hubs and community groups.
Other useful resources include:
As a Co-wheels member, you can have access to cars in Glasgow, as well as hundreds more right across the UK. Cars are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week and can be booked by the hour, day or as long as you want. The cars are conveniently located in reserved on-street parking bays across Glasgow.
To support the operation of Glasgow's LEZ, funding from Transport Scotland has recently ensured that all Co-wheels vehicles available for hire in the city centre LEZ zone are now fully electric.
Should you have any questions or queries about Glasgow's Low Emission Zone that you can't find answered on our LEZ webpages - you can email us at LEZ@glasgow.gov.uk.