Edinburgh Low Emission Zone

Edinburgh’s Low Emission Zone (LEZ) proposals aim to improve air quality for people across the city by tackling pollution from vehicles and have been developed in partnership with the Scottish Environment Protection Agency and Transport Scotland.

The City of Edinburgh Council held a public consultation on its Low Emission Zone (LEZ) proposals between May and July 2019. The consultation received more than 2,700 responses to the online survey alone.

View a summary of the consultation findings here

The LEZ in Edinburgh is being progressed in close alignment with several strategies aiming to enhance placemaking and connectivity in Edinburgh, including the City Centre Transformation and City Mobility Plan.

Scotland’s LEZs will now be introduced by May 2022.

Councillors approved the proposal for the Edinburgh Low Emission Zone at the Transport and Environment Committee on 17 June 2021.

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A public consultation to receive feedback from members of the public and stakeholders started on 28 June and will run for 12 weeks, until 20 September.

To comment on the proposal please visit: https://consultationhub.edinbu...

After the closing date the responses will then be analysed. In Autumn 2021, councillors on the Transport and Environment Committee will consider approval of the preferred LEZ scheme. If the Committee approves the preferred scheme (with or without minor adjustments), the final scheme will be made available to everyone by the end of 2021.

If all formal approvals are given, Edinburgh will introduce its LEZ in spring 2022. To help people adjust to the changes, there will be a two-year ‘grace period’ before any penalty charges are issued. Enforcement will commence from the 1 June 2024. Exemptions for blue badge holders and some vehicles types will also be in place.

For any enquiries in relation to the Edinburgh LEZ plans please contact: low.emission.zone@edinburgh.gov.uk

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