Dundee Low Emission Zone


A delivery group was established in September 2019 to lead the development of a Dundee Low Emission Zone.

The Dundee LEZ will contribute to the broader city objectives and the vision to create a healthy, vibrant and attractive city by protecting public health through improving air quality in Dundee and achieving air quality compliance.

Dundee has already made progress in reducing levels of air pollution. However, there are still streets where nitrogen dioxide (NO2) levels exceed the legal standards. Road traffic is the main source of nitrogen dioxide so more action is needed.

Dundee's LEZ will develop an environment that helps to promote more active and sustainable travel choices, contributes to the city's ongoing transformational change and helps to promote Dundee as an inclusive and desirable place to live, invest, visit and learn.

A previous consultation exercise which gathered the views of more than 1,300 people identified the preferred choice of boundary and vehicle exemptions for the LEZ.

A new eight-week consultation on the final plan for the city’s LEZ launched on 14 June 2021.

This stage of the process offers another opportunity for people to make comments on the proposals which could see Dundee introduce an LEZ in spring 2022, in line with the Scottish Government’s current timetable.

Under the proposed plan the inner ring road will form the boundary of the LEZ. Access will be restricted for the most polluting vehicles. Vehicles that don’t meet the emission standards will not be able to enter the zone. If they do, the owner of the vehicle will have to pay a fine. Engine classification minimums will be Euro 6 for diesel cars and vans (typically registered from September 2015) and Euro 4 for petrol vehicles (typically registered from January 2006).

The LEZ will operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week and be enforced through a network of automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) cameras with an initial penalty charge for all non-compliant vehicles entering the zone of £60. This will be reduced by 50% if it is paid within 14 days. The default penalty charges for LEZs have been set by the Scottish Government and are consistent across the country.

Dundee are proposing a two-year grace period. This means that enforcement for all vehicles will begin in spring 2024. There will be no additional grace period beyond that for people living within the LEZ boundary.

As part of the current consultation, a programme of meetings will be undertaken with community groups, neighbouring local authorities, transport bodies, bus operators, taxi drivers/operators and other interested parties.

Flyers will also be delivered to thousands of addresses inside the inner ring road detailing the plans and encouraging people to take part and give their views.

The deadline for comments is 9 August 2021.

To find out more about Dundee’s LEZ, including traffic modelling, air quality data and the rationale for choosing which areas were included, go to dundeecity.gov.uk/lez

Anyone who wants to comment on the LEZ before 9 August 2021 can go to:

dundeecity.gov.uk/service-area/comments-relating-to-the-low-emission-zone-proposal

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