Three more Scottish cities have launched their city centre Low Emission Zones (LEZ) in the last month. The new LEZs came into force in Dundee on 30 May, with Aberdeen and Edinburgh introducing them on 1 June, joining Glasgow which came into force last year on 1 June 2023.

The significant public health intervention restricts the access of the most polluting vehicles in order to protect health, improve air quality and support a shift towards more sustainable transport.

LEZs were introduced in all four of Scotland’s largest cities on 31 May 2022. In Glasgow, the LEZ has applied to buses since 2018. For other vehicle types, enforcement began on 1 June 2023. In Aberdeen, Dundee and Edinburgh, a two-year grace period was in place, meaning no penalty charges were issued during this time.

The geographic extent, scope, timescales for implementation of Scotland’s LEZs were determined by each local authority.

The Scottish Government is also providing £5m across Scotland to reopen the LEZ Support Fund for 2024-25 where residents and businesses can apply for support to ease the transition through retrofitting, disposal and other grants. 

Read more about Scottish Low Emission Zones here –