There will be a phased introduction to give individuals and businesses the chance to prepare:
Phase 1 will be enforced from 31 December 2018 and will apply to local service buses only.
Phase 2 will be enforced from 31 December 2022 and will apply to all other vehicles.
An interactive map detailing the area covered by Phase 1 (affecting local service buses only) can be found here.
Buchanan Bus Station and specific access roads to it are presently exempt from the LEZ. This is to allow low frequency services operated by non-compliant vehicles to continue to serve the city.
The exact area of LEZ Phase 2 (which applies to all vehicles from 31 December 2022) will be set following detailed transport modelling and to allow for the re-routing of vehicles wishing to avoid entering the zone. It is generally expected to be however, the area known as the city centre, which is that bounded by the M8, River Clyde and High Street/Saltmarket.
Motorcycles, mopeds, motorised tricycles and quadricycles are likely to be scoped out of LEZ schemes across Scotland.
Transport Scotland are working on an online tool that will enable motorists to check if their vehicle meets LEZ emission standards by entering their registration number. Until this is ready, they have prepared a basic online vehicle checker.
Whilst the results are not a guarantee or proof that a vehicle can enter a LEZ, they can give an indication meantime. There is also the option to check a vehicle's emission standard by consulting its log book or enquiring directly with the manufacturer.
As soon as the registration checking tool is available, a weblink will be added to this page.
Exemptions for certain categories of vehicle will be set at national level so that there is consistency across Scotland for LEZs.
Please note that until 24 February 2020, Transport Scotland are consulting on a selection of LEZ issues including exemptions. More info about their public consultation can be found here.
The hours of operation are to be determined.
Glasgow's LEZ will be enforced using Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) cameras.
Glasgow's LEZ is based on a penalty notice approach to effectively ban non-compliant vehicles. The penalty charge sum is yet to be determined by the Scottish Ministers.
There will be a continuation of engagement and consultation with individuals and businesses over the coming months.
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.
Transport Scotland's LEZ Support Fund will offer £1.09 million of grants in 2019/20 to help commercial vehicles comply with expected Low Emission Zone standards by retrofitting. These grants are to support the cost of upgrading engines or exhausts on taxis, vans and HGVs in order to reduce emissions and protect public health.
A fund to provide support for households and private individuals most affected by the introduction of Low Emission Zones is also being developed by Transport Scotland and will be announced in the near future.
The majority of Glasgow's air quality issues relate to the city centre so the greatest benefit to public health will be gained by enforcing a Low Emission Zone in this area first.
Since many buses which travel through the LEZ will also journey through other parts of the city, an improvement in emissions is expected beyond the LEZ area.
Indicative signage that will raise awareness of the LEZ boundary has been installed at key city centre locations. See here for further details.
The introduction of Glasgow's LEZ is part of a range of measures to improve air quality. Many of these can be found in our Air Quality Action Plans.
Our Fleet Strategy has set out proposals that all of the council's 2,000 vehicles should by emissions free by the end of 2029. It is intended that only electric and hydrogen-powered vehicles, across all sizes and classifications, will be used to deliver crucial city services by 2030.
Meantime, all council vehicles will meet the emission standards required by the LEZ.