Skip to content
Glasgow City Council

Have Your Say on Glasgow's Low Emission Zone - Public Consultation Now Open

Published: 18 February 2020

Have your say here on Glasgow's Low Emission Zone.

To help inform the roll-out of the second phase of Glasgow's LEZ, we are seeking your views on key aspects including:

  • Boundary
  • Enforcement dates
  • Temporary local exemptions
  • How it might affect your future transport choices.

Our Public Consultation is open until 29 March 2020.

Protect Public Health

Pollution caused by vehicle emissions is largely invisible but very harmful - particularly so for the very young, the elderly and those with existing respiratory and cardiovascular conditions.

In Glasgow city centre, recorded nitrogen dioxide levels do not meet statutory limits. The main source of this harmful air pollutant is from road traffic and is why Glasgow introduced Scotland's first ever Low Emission Zone at the end of 2018.

Cleaner Emission Standards

Only vehicles which meet cleaner emissions standards are permitted to drive into low emission zones. As well as Glasgow, some other Scottish cities are expected to follow suit, with plans for Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Dundee to introduce LEZs by 2020.

A Phased Approach

We are phasing in Glasgow's LEZ to give everyone the chance to prepare. Its emission standards affects local service buses only at present, however its second phase, which will be enforced from 31 December 2022 will apply to all vehicles driving into the city centre zone, including private cars.

A grace period (additional time to comply with the emission requirements) will be considered for individuals whose vehicle is registered at a residential property within the zone.

Active & Sustainable Travel

In addition to the introduction of Glasgow's LEZ, a wide range of work is underway in our city to encourage higher levels of active travel, drive up standards in public transport and reduce the reliance on private vehicles. There is ongoing work to develop a fast charging hub for electric taxis to help encourage more drivers to move across to electric, and the recently introduced bus gate on Oswald Street is steering hundreds of vehicles away from Hope Street every hour, which will help to reduce emissions in the area.

Share Your Views

Taking part in the online consultation will ensure we hear your opinions and learn more about how Glasgow's LEZ might affect you.

Cllr Anna Richardson, City Convener for Carbon Reduction and Sustainability said: "The introduction of Glasgow's Low Emission Zone shows our resolute determination to tackle air pollution in the city centre and beyond. Given that our LEZ will affect all vehicles by the end of 2022, I'd urge as many people as possible to take part in the consultation. Whilst the Scottish Government will set out the detail of how Low Emission Zones will operate nationally, various local aspects for Glasgow's LEZ are yet to be set. Participation will give you the ideal opportunity to have your say and make your voice heard."

Key Information

Will Your Vehicle Comply?

Check out Transport Scotland's online checker to see if your vehicle is likely to comply and read our frequently asked questions which provides information on what the expected emission standards are, potential exemptions and the availability of funding assistance.

You have until 29 March 2020 to complete the online survey.  Please take a few moments to take part and let us have your views.

Share this page:

A to Z:

Council Services