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.
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:
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):
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:
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 following exemptions are automatic:
Emergency vehicles (the vehicle is being driven by any person who is):
Navy, Military or Air Force Vehicles:
Historic vehicles (vehicle which is considered to be of historical interest to the UK, and which):
Showman's Vehicles (highly specialised vehicles used for the purpose of travelling showmen where):
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.
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:
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