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National LEZ Exemptions

Blue Badge Holder Exemptions (opens new window)

Motorcycles and mopeds are unaffected by LEZ schemes in Scotland.

There are also some vehicle categories which are nationally exempt from LEZ requirements. These are outlined below:

1. Vehicles for disabled persons:

There are several exemptions which cover vehicles being used for the purposes of disabled persons, as outlined in the following circumstances:

  • A vehicle registered with a 'disabled' or 'disabled passenger vehicles' tax class.
  • A vehicle receiving a reduction in annual rate of vehicle excise duty because the vehicle is being used by a disabled person in receipt of personal independence payment at the standard rate.
  • Blue Badge holders

If the vehicle receives a disabled vehicle/disabled passenger vehicle tax class exemption - please email to register for an exemption.

The Blue Badge holder exemption covers:

  • A vehicle being driven by any person who is in receipt of a blue badge.
  • A passenger in the vehicle who has been issued with a blue badge.
  • A vehicle is being driven with a blue badge which has been issued to an organisation.

If you are eligible for a Blue Badge holder exemption, you will need to register on or before the day of travelling. You can register your details on Transport Scotland's LEZ exemption system.

2. Emergency Vehicles:

The vehicle is being driven by any person who is:

  • undertaking their duty as a constable
  • providing a response to an emergency at the request of the Scottish Ambulance Service Board
  • exercising the functions of the Scottish Ambulance Service Board, the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, Her Majesty's Coastguard or the National Crime Agency

3. Naval, Military or Air Force Vehicles:

  • vehicles being used for naval, military or air force purposes

4. Historic Vehicles:

Vehicles of 'historical interest' means a vehicle which is considered to be of historical interest to the UK, and which -

  • was manufactured, or registered, for the first time at least 30 years previously,
  • is of a type no longer in production, and
  • has been historically preserved or maintained in its original state and has not undergone substantial changes in the technical characteristics of its main components.

If your vehicle meets the above criteria, you do not need to register for an exemption.

5. Showman's Vehicles:

Vehicles described as either "showman's goods vehicle" or "showman's vehicle" according to section 62(1) of the Vehicle Excise and Registration Act 1994.

Note: these are highly specialised vehicles used for the purposes of travelling showmen, where the vehicle is used during the performance, used for the purpose of providing the performance or used for carrying performance equipment.

If your vehicle meets the above criteria for a Showman's vehicle please email to register for an exemption.

Last modified on 04 June 2024

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