GLASGOW LEZ CHARGE

All non-compliant vehicles except motorcycles will face penalties to drive within the Glasgow LEZ from 1 June 2023. Find out all you need to know here!

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What is the Glasgow LEZ?

In 2018, Glasgow introduced a Low Emission Zone (LEZ) to reduce levels of harmful vehicle emissions in the city centre.

Phase 1 of the zone went live on 31 December 2018, affecting only non-compliant buses.

From 1 June 2023, all vehicles, except mopeds and motorcycles, entering the zone will need to meet the less-polluting emission standards or will face a penalty charge.

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Why does Glasgow need a Low Emission Zone?

Harmful levels of nitrogen dioxide are being recorded in Glasgow city centre. The main source of this pollutant comes from road traffic. To improve air quality and help protect public health, especially for those most vulnerable, the Glasgow Low Emission Zone will:

  • help accelerate the uptake of less polluting vehicles
  • encourage people to move away from private car use
  • increase the safety, attractiveness, and amenity of the city centre

If your vehicle meets the following emission standards, you will not incur a penalty charge for driving within the Glasgow Low Emission Zone (starting 1 June 2023):

  • Euro 4 for petrol vehicles (typically registered 2006 onwards)
  • Euro 6 for diesel vehicles (typically registered September 2015 onwards)
  • Euro IV for heavy duty petrol vehicles such as buses/coaches and HGVs
  • Euro VI for heavy duty diesel vehicles such as buses/coaches and HGVs
  • Fully electric vehicles
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What you need to know

Distinctive green and white signs have started to go up to mark the boundaries of the LEZ.

Enforcement of the zone, which will cover an area of the city centre bounded by the M8 motorway to the north and west, the River Clyde to the south and Saltmarket/High Street to the east, will start on 1 June 2023.
Glasgow Low Emission Zone operating times
The Glasgow LEZ will operate 24 hours a day, all year round.
How much will the Glasgow LEZ charge be?

Unlike the London Ultra Low Emission Zone (London ULEZ), where drivers of non-compliant vehicles who are also residents in the zone have to pay a daily charge to drive in the zone, this is not the case for residents in Glasgow.

Any non-compliant vehicles driving into the Glasgow Low Emission Zone from 1 June 2023 will receive a Penalty Charge Notice (PCN). The charges for the PCN are as follows:

  • The initial penalty charge for all non-compliant vehicles entering the Glasgow Low Emission Zone will be £60 - reduced to £30 if it is paid within 14 days.
  • The penalty charge amount will double each time you drive into the Low Emission Zone with the same non-compliant vehicle. So, if you are driving into the zone for the second time, the charge will be £120.
  • Penalty charges are capped at £480 for cars and light goods vehicles, and £960 for buses and HGVs.
  • If you have not driven into the zone with a non-compliant vehicle within 90 days of receiving the previous PCN, the penalty charge is reset to £60.

The same rules apply for other Scottish Low Emission Zones (Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Dundee)

Glasgow LEZ exemptions

Some exemptions have been announced for the Glasgow Low Emission Zones. This means that even if your vehicle is non-compliant, you will not incur a penalty for driving within the zone from 1 June 2023. The exemptions are listed below:

Vehicles for disabled people (blue badge holders need to register via the Transport Scotland website for long-term or short-term exemption if):

  • the vehicle is being driven by any person who is in receipt of a blue badge that has been issued under section 21(2) of the Chronically Sick and Disabled Persons Act 1970
  • a passenger in the vehicle has been issued with a blue badge under that section of that Act
  • a blue badge for the vehicle has been issued under section 21(4) of that Act
  • a reduction in annual rate of vehicle excise duty applies because the vehicle is being used by a disabled person in receipt of personal independence payment at the standard rate
  • vehicles registered with a 'disabled' or 'disabled passenger vehicles' tax class e.g. the vehicle is exempt from payment of vehicle excise duty under paragraph 19(1) or 20(1) of schedule 2 of the Vehicle Excise and Registration Act 1994 (exemptions from excise duty for vehicles used by disabled persons)

The following exemptions are automatic:

Emergency vehicles (the vehicle is being driven by any person who is):

  • undertaking their duty as a constable
  • providing a response to an emergency at the request of the Scottish Ambulance Service Board
  • exercising the functions of the Scottish Ambulance Service Board, the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, Her Majesty's Coastguard or the National Crime Agency

Navy, Military or Air Force Vehicles:

  • vehicles being used for naval, military or air force purposes

Historic vehicles (vehicle which is considered to be of historical interest to the UK, and which):

  • was manufactured, or registered, for the first time at least 30 years previously
  • is of a type no longer in production
  • has been historically preserved or maintained in its original state and has not undergone substantial changes in the technical characteristics of its main components

Showman's Vehicles (highly specialised vehicles used for the purpose of travelling showmen where):

  • the vehicle is used during the performance
  • the vehicle is used for the purpose of providing the performance
  • the vehicle is used for carrying performance equipment

Zone residents have extra time to prepare for Glasgow's LEZ. Enforcement for vehicles registered to a residential property within the Glasgow Low Emission Zone will not start until 1 June 2024.

What areas will the Glasgow Low Emission Zone cover?

Glasgow's LEZ will cover an area of the city centre bounded by the M8 motorway to the north and west, the River Clyde to the south and Saltmarket/High Street to the east.

You will be able to see LEZ signs in the following areas:  

  • George V Bridge / Clyde Place
  • Gorbals Street / Ballater St
  • Ballater St / Crown St
  • Saltmarket / Clyde Street
  • Saltmarket / Greendyke Street
  • London Road / James Morrison Street
  • Bell Street / Watson Street
  • Duke Street / Havannah Street
  • Stirling Road / Cathedral Street
  • Stirling Road / St James Road
  • Baird Street / Pinkston Road
  • Baird Street / Pinkston Road
  • M8 Off Ramp / Canal St
  • Dobbiesloan / Craighall Road
  • Dobbiesloan / Port Dundas Road
  • Dobbiesloan / Garscube Road / Phoenix Road
  • St Georges Road/Sauchiehall Street
  • Newton Street / Elmbank Crescent
  • Newton Street / St Vincent Street
  • Newton Street / William Street
  • Argyle Street / Newton Street /M8 Off Ramp
  • Broomielaw / Newton Street
Glasgow LEZ Map
How can Caura help you navigate the Glasgow LEZ?
New emission zones can be confusing. We are working hard to allow all Glasgow residents to be able to check if their vehicle meets the emission standards to drive within the Glasgow Low Emission Zone without incurring a penalty. We will update this page once this feature is available in Caura.

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