Glasgow low emission zones

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Scotland's first low emission zone, covering Glasgow city centre, commenced at at 23:59 on 31 December 2018.

Glasgow’s low emission zone approach represents one of the most challenging, all-encompassing low emission zones in Europe and will be similar to London’s Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) currently in development.

A priority is to improve emissions from buses operating in the low emission zone with a phased implementation over four years. This will apply to 20% buses from the launch date, increasing to 100% by December 2022.

All vehicles entering the zone will need to be fully compliant by 31 December 2022.

A Glasgow low emission zone delivery group was established in September 2017 with meetings being held on a monthly basis. This group includes representatives from:

  • Glasgow City Council (Committee Report and Update Report)
  • Transport Scotland
  • Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA)
  • Health Protection Scotland
  • Strathclyde Partnership for Transport (SPT)

The group is responsible for addressing the technical and legal issues required to set up the low emission zone, ensuring benefits are delivered without a detrimental impact on transport or Glasgow's economy and businesses.

A Glasgow low emission zone delivery forum supports engagement and consultation with residents, businesses and other stakeholders in order to identify and overcome possible barriers in implementing the next phases. The council is also committed to working with the Scottish Government to ensure that everyone is aware of and prepared for the low emission zone.

Information will be updated as more details on the implementation of Glasgow's low emission zone become available.

www.glasgow.gov.uk/LEZ