Glasgow Low Emission Zone
To protect public health and improve air quality, in 2018 Glasgow City Council introduced a Low Emission Zone (LEZ) that initially applies only to local bus services.
From 2022, LEZs will be 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 bounded by the M8, River Clyde and High Street/Saltmarket:
Proposed 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.
Glasgow’s Environment, Sustainability and Carbon Reduction (ESCR) City Policy Committee recently considered and noted the outcomes of the consultation and will now move to publish details of the final Phase 2 scheme design. Key outcomes from the consultation that were considered by the Committee included:
- The introduction of the LEZ should be introduced on 31 May 2022 with a one-year grace period, meaning that enforcement of Glasgow's LEZ would start on 1 June 2023.
- A one-year grace period for vehicles registered to residential addresses within the LEZ, meaning that enforcement for these vehicles will begin on 1 June 2024.
- 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.
No major changes to the zone boundary are anticipated, however, some feedback from the consultation about specific junctions and signage will be reviewed and minor revisions to the LEZ boundary may be made.
You can read the ESCR Committee paper here ESCR Committee (23 Nov 2021): LEZ – Public Consultation and Publication of Final Scheme Design
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.
Glasgow City Council carried out an online consultation between 17 February to 29 March 2020 about 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.
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