Consultation and engagement

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Consultation and engagement have been, and will remain, key features for informing legislation policy and plans for Low Emission Zones in Scotland, as part of wider transport and place-making decision making.


In 2017, Transport Scotland facilitated a public consultation, Building Scotland’s Low Emission Zones, to inform development of the Transport (Scotland) Act 2019 and the draft National Low Emissions Framework (NLEF). In total, 967 responses were received and there was a high level of consensus among respondents:

Consultation and responses

Supported the principle of Low Emission Zones to help protect public health by improving air quality in Scotland.

Of respondents agreed with the proposed minimum mandatory Euro emission criteria for Scottish Low Emission Zones. The proposed minimum criteria, as set out in the consultation document, is Euro six for diesel cars, Euro four for petrol cars and Euro VI for buses (including older retrofitted engines which would be improved to operate as Euro VI).

Seven days a week was the most popular suggestion for when Low Emission Zones should operate.

In favour of using Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) to enforce Low Emission Zones. Those who disagreed had privacy concerns with the use of ANPR.

Of respondents considered that emergency vehicles should be exempt.

Agreed that Low Emission Zone exemptions should be consistent across all Scottish local authorities

Scotland Low Emission Zone Consultation on Regulations and Guidance 2019-2020

The Transport (Scotland) Act (2019) provides the legislation to enable the creation and civil enforcement of Low Emission Zones (LEZs). In order to develop specific LEZ regulations further consultation was needed.

Facilitated by Transport Scotland, the consultation ran from 13 December 2019 – 24 February 2020.

View the key findings from this consultation here.

Local level

A priority is to ensure that stakeholders are involved in the design of each local Low Emission Zone.

Local authorities are engaging with a wide range of stakeholders in developing Low Emission Zones and are undertaking consultations on city-specific Low Emission Zones as part of the development and implementation process.

Summer consultations are currently underway, which give people across Scotland the opportunity to comment on the latest proposals for Scotland’s Low Emission Zones in Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

You can find more information on the individual LEZ proposals and links to the consultation surveys below:

AberdeenAberdeen's Low Emission Zone - Aberdeen City Council

Consultation - Aberdeen Low Emission Zone Consultation

Dundee - Dundee's Low Emission Zone - Dundee City Council

Consultation - Dundee Low Emission Zone Consultation

Edinburgh Edinburgh's Low Emission Zone - The City of Edinburgh Council

Consultation - Edinburgh Low Emission Zone Consultation

Glasgow Glasgow's Low Emission Zone - Glasgow City Council

Consultation - Glasgow Low Emission Zone Consultation

Previous local LEZ consultation reports can be found below:

Aberdeen Low Emission Zone Options Consultation (September-October 2020)

Dundee Options Consultation 2019

Edinburgh Consultation on Low Emission Zone Proposals (May-June 2019) summary

Glasgow Low Emission Zone Public Consultation (Spring 2020) - Outcome Report