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Get Ready for Glasgow's LEZ

Glasgow's LEZ is being phased in to give everyone the chance to prepare:

  • Phase 1 (buses only) was introduced on 31 December 2018
  • Phase 2 (all vehicles) will be enforced from 1 June 2023

Enforcement for zone residents will start on 1 June 2024. The vehicle must be registered to a residential address within the LEZ zone area to qualify for this grace period.

Is Your Vehicle Likely to Comply?

Emission standards for LEZs in Scotland have been set nationally - these are:

Euro 4 for petrol vehicles
Euro 6 for diesel vehicles
Euro IV for heavy duty petrol vehicles such as buses/coaches and HGVs
Euro VI  for heavy duty diesel vehicles such as buses/coaches and HGVs

Vehicles which have been appropriately modified or retrofitted to meet or exceed these emission standards will also be permitted entry to LEZs in Scotland.

For practical purposes, it is generally the case that diesel engine vehicles registered after September 2015, and petrol vehicles registered from 2006 onwards will meet the required LEZ standards.

Online Vehicle Checker:

To help you understand if your vehicle can enter a Low Emission Zone, Transport Scotland has prepared a basic online vehicle checker.

Please note that results provided can only give an indication and are not a guarantee or proof that your vehicle will be able to enter the zone. Transport Scotland are currently working on a new tool which will enable you to enter your registration number, and this will be available in due course.

Vehicles Unaffected/Exempt

Fully electric vehicles comply with LEZ requirements in Scotland. If you are thinking of switching to electric, you might be eligible for a grant or loan to help you buy. Find out more by visiting the Energy Saving Trust webpages.

Motorcycles, mopeds, motorised tricycles and quadricycles are unaffected by LEZ schemes in Scotland.

Certain vehicle types are also exempt:

  • Vehicles for disabled persons (including blue badge holders)
  • Emergency vehicles
  • Naval, Military or Air Force vehicles
  • Historic vehicles
  • Showman's vehicles

See our LEZ Q&A webpage for full details of exemptions.

Time-Limited Exemptions: 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 require renewal if the exemption were to be continued. 

Please note that applications for a time-limited exemption (under circumstances where entry of a non-compliant vehicle is required for a specific, defined purpose) will be determined on merit, but will not be considered for the routine transport of people or goods or for routine commercial operations.

Funding Assistance

Administered by Energy Saving Trust, a range of grants funded by Transport Scotland are currently available to help achieve LEZ compliance.

These grants offer practical support to low-income households, sole traders, and micro-businesses - including those operating specialist vehicles.

  • Eligible households living within a 20km radius of a Low Emission Zone, may be able to apply for a £2,000 grant towards the disposal of a non-compliant vehicle and in addition, up to £1,000 towards alternative sustainable travel options. Find out more about the support available for households here.
  • Micro-businesses and sole traders may also be eligible for a £2,000 grant towards the disposal of a non-compliant vehicle under the Low Emission Zone Support Fund for businesses, and up to £1,000 towards the purchase of a cargo or electric cargo bike.
  • Sole traders and micro businesses operating taxis, vans and specialist vehicles may be interested in the Low Emission Zone Retrofit Fund, which offers up to 80% funding towards the installation of retrofit solutions to make vehicles LEZ compliant based on emission standards. Please note, not all vehicle types or makes and models have a solution available. Please visit Energy Saving Trust's website for more information.

 

E-Bike and Electric Vehicle Loans:

Check out Energy Saving Trust's website for full details of the grants and loans available and eligibility requirements.

 

Bus Emission Abatement Retroft (BEAR):

Administered by Transport Scotland, the Bus Emission Abatement Retrofit (BEAR) scheme supports bus and coach operators with the financial costs associated with engine [HQ4] and exhaust retrofitting to reduce emissions and improve air quality. The latest round of BEAR funding has made a further £5 million available for 2022/23 to licensed bus and coach operators, local authorities and community transport operators.

Alternative Ways to Travel

Active Travel

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

Other useful resources include:

Public Transport

Glasgow has a comprehensive public transport system which can be used as an alternative to the car. Find out more from SPT, ScotRail and Traveline Scotland.

Car Sharing

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.

ECO Stars - Helping Businesses Reduce Vehicle Emissions

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.

 

Contact Us

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.

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