Low Emission Zones are being established in Scotland in Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh and Glasgow by Transport Scotland working with the respective local authorities in each city.
Are you ready?
Low Emission Zones (LEZs) set environmental limits on certain city roads and restrict access for the most polluting vehicles. Across Europe, LEZs have successfully improved local air quality, reduced car use and reduced carbon emissions as part of efforts to create more accessible, attractive and liveable city centres with lower levels of traffic, higher levels of safety and better public health.
Research suggests that ‘long-term exposure to air pollution’ causes more than 600 deaths in Scotland’s biggest cities each year, because poor air quality puts local residents at higher risk of serious health conditions like asthma, heart attacks and strokes. A staggering 1 in every 29 adult deaths in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Dundee and Aberdeen can be linked to exposure to deadly toxins emitted by polluting vehicles.
LEZs are a key intervention to help Scotland reduce car use by 20% by 2030, reach net zero by 2045 and save lives. Enforcement begins very soon in Glasgow on 1 June 2023, while enforcement will not begin in Aberdeen, Dundee or Edinburgh until mid-2024.
However, we’re urging all Community Transport operators, wherever they are in Scotland, to prepare now. It’s time to consider whether any regular or occasional journeys you deliver might be affected, check whether your vehicles are compliant and make any necessary adjustments to how you operate.
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