22 January 2020
A second consultation on plans to introduce Low Emission Zones in Scotland’s four biggest cities has been published.
The new document sets out the Scottish Government’s vision for Scotland to have the best air quality in Europe alongside a new legally-binding target to become a net-zero society by 2045.
It also seeks views on enforcement, penalties, national exemptions and more as part of plans for LEZs in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Dundee.
Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure and Connectivity Michael Matheson said, “Since we first announced the ambition to deliver Low Emissions Zones in our four biggest cities by the end of 2020 – there has been considerable interest in their scope, national exemptions and what this means for communities across Scotland.
“Through the Transport (Scotland) Act 2019 we have created the legal framework to create nationally consistent LEZs. We are now consulting on regulations for substantive issues such as emission standards, exemptions, the enforcement regime and the setting of penalty charges.
“To do so in a just and equitable manner, it is critical that we design these regulations in a collaborative way with the public, private and third sector – and I would encourage anyone with an interest to respond to this consultation on these very ambitious proposals for Scotland’s Low Emission Zones.”
The consultation on Scotland’s Low Emission Zones: Regulations and Guidance will be open for 10 weeks.