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Low Emission Zones

In September 2017, the Scottish Government in their Programme for Government, committed to the introduction of Low Emission Zones (LEZs) into Scotland's four biggest cities (Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Dundee) by 2020 and into all other Air Quality Management Areas (AQMAs) by 2023 where National Low Emissions Framework appraisals advocate such mitigation.

The Scottish Government are working in partnership with local authorities and Regional Transport Partnerships to introduce LEZs. Engagement with transport organisations, businesses and members of the public will help support the design of LEZs.

Further information on Scotland's LEZs can be found at a national LEZ website.

Building Scotland's Low Emission Zones Consultation

To support this commitment, a national consultation was launched on 6 September 2017 to help inform the delivery of the Low Emission Zones. The consultation closed on 28 November 2017 with nearly 1000 responses received. The consultation sought views on issues such as LEZ emission criteria, LEZ scope (commercial fleet and private cars) and enforcement/penalties. The responses received will help inform the design of LEZs.

View the consultation paper and responses

Delivering Low Emission Zones

A number of groups have been set up to help ensure the implementation of Low Emission Zones is evidence based, robust and will deliver air quality improvements and wider benefits. These include;

LEZ Leadership Group

A 4-Cities LEZ Leadership Group has been convened to support the delivery of Low Emission Zones to meet the Programme for Government commitment for LEZs to be established in Scotland's 4 biggest cities by 2020.

The group is co-chaired by Roseanna Cunningham, Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform and Michael Matheson, Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure and Connectivity.

LEZ Consistency Group

The aim of this group is to support the development of a nationally consistent approach to the implementation of LEZ.

The Scottish Government will work with local authorities to ensure that LEZs are developed in a consistent manner.

The LEZ Consistency Group will bring together officials from local authorities and key public bodies to collectively consider issues relating to the design and implementation of LEZs.

LEZ Delivery Groups

It is envisaged that an LEZ Delivery Group will be convened for each city, made up of those who have a role in delivery at individual city level. The groups purpose is to oversee the development and implementation of all phases of the LEZ declaration for the city.

Organogram of Governance Groups

View the Organogram of Governance Groups

National Modelling Framework (NMF)

The National Modelling Framework (NMF) will provide a two-tiered standardised approach to modelling air quality. This framework is supporting the development of LEZs.  Visit the CAFS page for further information.

National Low Emissions Framework (NLEF)

The NLEF document is a commitment of the Cleaner Air for Scotland strategy (CAFS). The NLEF was finalised in line with the findings of the Building Scotland's Low Emission Zone Consultation and published in December 2018.

Glasgow Low Emission Zone

Phase 1 of Glasgow's LEZ which focuses on buses, commenced at 23.59 on 31 December 2018.

For further information please see Glasgow City Council's website.