Glasgow Low Emission Zone

A statutory public consultation is underway (from 24 June – 2 September 2021) on the proposed scheme design for Phase 2 of Glasgow’s Low Emission Zone (LEZ).The online survey can be accessed here.

Phase 2 will come into effect in 2022 and is expected to be enforced from 1 June 2023. It will apply to all vehicles driving into the city centre zone, unless exempt.In respect of vehicles registered to residents within the zone area, extra time has been allowed for people to prepare, with the enforcement of entry restrictions due to begin on 1st June 2024.

Phase 1 of Glasgow’s LEZ was implemented in 2018 and applies to local service buses.

Whilst the Scottish Government has developed nationally standardised regulations relating to key aspects of Low Emission Zone operation including emission requirements, penalties and exemptions; the council can create, enforce, operate or revoke a Low Emission Zone and design its shape, size and scope based on local requirements.

A preferred scheme design for Phase 2 of Glasgow’s LEZ has therefore been developed, taking into consideration the evidence base, previous stakeholder engagement (including the findings of a non-statutory consultation) and the impacts of the pandemic. To find out more about Glasgow’s proposed LEZ scheme visit www.glasgow.gov.uk/27143.

The city centre area covered by LEZ Phase 1 (buses only) is shown on the map below.


A similar boundary is also proposed for Phase 2 - an area 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]

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.

Last year, Glasgow City Council ran an online consultation from the 17 February to 29 March 2020 regarding Glasgow's proposed LEZ. View the outcomes of the consultation.

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.

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

For enquiries in relation to Glasgow’s LEZ, please contact LEZ@glasgow.gov.uk


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