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People Urged to 'Plan Ahead for the LEZ'

Published: 5 December 2022

With less than 6 months to go before enforcement of Glasgow's Low Emission Zone (LEZ), a campaign urging people to 'Plan Ahead for the LEZ' has begun.

The city centre LEZ will be enforced from 1 June 2023, meaning that all vehicles entering the zone area from this date forward must meet the less-polluting emission standards or face a penalty charge.

To increase awareness of Glasgow's LEZ, why it's required and how it will operate - the publicity campaign will include advertising on television and radio as well as across social media and other platforms to ensure as many people as possible know about Glasgow's LEZ and have time to prepare. 

You might also have noticed new Low Emission Zone signage appearing on the main approach routes into the city centre. The signs, which will be consistent in appearance across all LEZs in Scotland, are designed to alert motorists they are heading toward the zone. LEZ road markings will also be applied to increase the zone's visibility even further.

Cllr Angus Millar, Convener for Climate and Transport said: "We need to reduce levels of harmful vehicle emissions in our city centre which have been stubbornly high for far too long. These emissions can cause health problems, particularly for those most vulnerable.

"Glasgow's Low Emission Zone will improve air quality by restricting access for the most polluting vehicles. The scheme will also quicken the uptake of less polluting vehicles, encourage people to move away from private car use and increase the attractiveness of our city centre.

"We are encouraging people to plan ahead and make themselves familiar with how the LEZ might affect them and this awareness campaign will help to do that.  Meantime there is lots of work ongoing to ready the city centre for the successful delivery of the operational phase of Glasgow's LEZ from 1 June, next year."

Glasgow's Low Emission Zone

There are some exemptions to LEZs in Scotland, such as for blue badge holders. Zone residents will also have extra time to comply.

Full details about Glasgow's LEZ and how it could affect you can be found by visiting our LEZ webpages

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