Glasgow Low Emission Zone


Background:

To protect public health and improve air quality, in 2018 Glasgow City Council introduced a Low Emission Zone (LEZ) that initially applied only to local bus services.

In May 2022, LEZs were introduced in Aberdeen, Dundee and Edinburgh, and extended in Glasgow to include all vehicles as part of the Phase 2 scheme design. Glasgow will apply a 1-year grace period however, which means that practical Phase 2 enforcement will not start until 1 June 2023.

A similar boundary as used for the Phase 1 LEZ is proposed for Phase 2 - an area of the city centre bounded by the M8, River Clyde and High Street/Saltmarket:

Glasgow LEZ - Phase 2 boundary map [4Mb]

Glasgow LEZ - Phase 2 zone area (by road name) [166kb]


LEZ scheme and consultation:

A statutory public consultation took place between 24 June – 2 September 2021 on the proposed scheme design and operation of Phase 2 of Glasgow’s LEZ with almost 3,000 responses received.

Following the Environment, Sustainability and Carbon Reduction Committee of 23 November 2021 where the findings of the public consultation were noted, details of the final Phase 2 scheme design were published in December 2021.

The final LEZ scheme design was approved by the council's City Administration Committee on 10 March 2022. Details include:

  • Glasgow’s LEZ should be introduced on 31 May 2022, with a one-year grace period - meaning that enforcement would start on 1 June 2023.
  • City centre residents will have extra time to comply, with enforcement for vehicles registered to a residential property within the zone to start on 1 June 2024.
  • Glasgow’s LEZ will cover a geographical area comprising of much of the city centre, bounded by the M8 motorway to the north and west, the River Clyde to the south and Saltmarket/High Street to the east.
  • That the scheme operates, 365 days a year and 24 hours a day.
  • That applications will be made available for specific time-limited exemptions which will be approved on a case-by-case basis.

You can read the City Administration Committee paper of 10 March 2022 here.

View the full LEZ Consultation Analysis Report here.

Previous Reports and consultations:

An update on the progress of Glasgow LEZ was provided to Glasgow City Council’s Environment, Sustainability and Carbon Reduction City Policy Committee on 8 June 2021. View the progress report.

To help shape the Phase 2 scheme design, Glasgow City Council carried out an online consultation between 17 February to 29 March 2020. View the outcomes of the initial consultation here.

A report from SEPA, published in 2020, provides strong evidence that air quality in Glasgow has improved since the introduction of Phase 1 of the Low Emission Zone in 2018. To see a more detailed analysis of air quality relating to the Glasgow Low Emission Zone and COVID lockdown - view the SEPA data tools.

For further information:

Visit the link on Glasgow City Council’s website for further updates and information about Glasgow's Low Emission Zone.

You can also watch the animation below:


For enquiries about Glasgow’s LEZ, please contact LEZ@glasgow.gov.uk

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