Edinburgh Low Emission Zone


Why Edinburgh needs an LEZ:

Edinburgh’s Low Emission Zone (LEZ) Scheme Proposal is designed to improve air quality, as pollution from road transport is harmful to public health. The LEZ is designed to target the most polluting vehicles and will help Edinburgh to meet legal obligations on improving air quality, addressing climate change and will align with other strategic transport projects, including the City Centre Transformation and City Mobility Plan.

LEZ boundary:

The proposed LEZ is located in the city centre.


Next steps:

The Scheme underwent a Statutory Notice Period during February 2022 and the analysis of any objections will be considered by the Transport and Environment Committee in March 2022.

Subject to final approval by the Council and Scottish Ministers in spring 2022, Edinburgh will introduce its LEZ in mid-2022. To help people adjust to the changes, there will be a two-year ‘grace period’ before any penalty charges are issued. Enforcement would commence from 1 June 2024.

Previous reports and consultations:

The City of Edinburgh Council carried out public consultations on its Low Emission Zone (LEZ) proposals in 2019 and 2021. Together, the Council received more than 5,000 responses to the LEZ proposals.

The Council undertook a full analysis exercise of consultation feedback from all stakeholders. The Council has taken account of feedback from all stakeholders since the inception of the project, when reaching the final scheme design.

Conclusions from the appraisal work, identified the city centre area as having the greatest magnitude of traffic-related pollution problems and breaches of statutory objectives. A city centre LEZ would support action towards compliance with the air quality objectives and a strong evidence-base highlighted the Central Air Quality Management Area (AQMA) as the focus for targeted interventions.

Further details on consultation and options appraisal area are available here.

Councillors approved a preferred Edinburgh Low Emission Zone located in the city centre, for consultation at the Transport and Environment Committee on 17 June 2021. Following further discussions by Transport and Environment Committee in October 2021 and additional analysis of proposals, the scheme was approved in January 2022.

For further information:

All information about Edinburgh’s LEZ is available at https://www.edinburgh.gov.uk/lez

Supporting evidence for Edinburgh’s LEZ Scheme Proposal can be found here.

For enquiries relating to details of Edinburgh’s LEZ Scheme Proposal otherwise not covered in the above links, please contact: low.emission.zone@edinburgh.gov.uk

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