Consultation and engagement
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) Bill and the draft National Low Emissions Framework (NLEF). In total, 967 responses were received and there was a high level of consensus among respondents:
Supported the principle of low emission zones to help improve 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.
Ongoing debate and consultation is also taking place as part of developing the Transport (Scotland) Bill, including the elements that relate to low emission zones.
A priority is to ensure that stakeholders are involved in the design of each local low emission zone.
Local authorities will engage with a wide range of stakeholders in developing low emission zones and will undertake consultation on town or city-specific low emission zones as part of the development and implementation process.