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Will Your Vehicle Comply with Glasgow's LEZ?

Glasgow's city centre Low Emission Zone is being phased in to give everyone the chance to prepare:

  • Phase 1 was introduced in December 2018, and applies to local service buses only
  • Phase 2 will apply to all vehicles (unless exempt) and will be enforced from 1 June 2023

Our Phase 2 scheme design proposes that zone residents will be granted an additional year to comply with the required vehicle emission requirements. This means that enforcement would not start until 1 June 2024. The vehicle must be registered to a residential address within the LEZ zone area to qualify for this grace period.

Unaffected/Exempt Vehicles:

Please note that motorcycles, mopeds, motorised tricycles and quadricycles are unaffected by LEZ schemes in Scotland.

Some categories of vehicle will also be exempt from LEZ emission requirements. Set at national level for consistency, these include:

  • Vehicles for disabled persons (including blue badge holders)
  • Police vehicles
  • Ambulance and emergency vehicles
  • Scottish Fire and Rescue
  • Her Majesty's Coastguard
  • National Crime Agency
  • Military vehicles
  • Historic vehicles
  • Showman's vehicles

See our LEZ Q&A webpage for full details.

Emission Standards:

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.

You may be able to find Euro standard information on the inside of your vehicle's driver or passenger 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

Online Vehicle Checker:

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. 

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