Glasgow’s Low Emission Zone is being phased in to give everyone the chance to prepare. Its emission standards affect local service buses only at present, however its second phase which is expected to be enforced from 1 June 2023 will apply to all vehicles driving into the city centre zone, unless exempt.
In respect of vehicles registered to residents within the zone area – extra time to prepare will be provided meaning enforcement of entry restrictions will begin on 1st June 2024.
Glasgow’s LEZ covers the whole of the city centre – bounded by the M8 motorway to the north and west, the River Clyde to the south (including the Broomielaw and Clyde Street), and Saltmarket, High Street and Castle Street to the east. An interactive map detailing the area can be found here.
Glasgow’s LEZ is based on a penalty notice approach to effectively ban non-compliant vehicles and will be enforced using Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) cameras. Set at national level by the Scottish Government for consistency, the initial penalty charge for all non-compliant vehicles entering a Low Emission Zone in Scotland will be £60, reduced by 50% if it is paid within 14 days.
A surcharge is also proposed whereby the penalty amount doubles with each subsequent breach of the rules detected in the same LEZ. The penalty charges are capped at £480 for cars and light goods vehicles, and £960 for buses and HGVs.
Where there are no further breaches of the rules detected within the 90 days following a previous violation, the surcharge rate is reset to the base tier of charge i.e. £60.
Check out Transport Scotland’s online checker to see if your vehicle is likely to comply; and read frequently asked questions which provides information on what the expected emission standards are, exemptions and the availability of Scottish Government funding assistance.
The Get Ready Glasgow webpages will hold the most up to date information available to enable businesses and individuals to plan ahead and keep moving.