Are you ready?
Low Emission Zones are coming to Scotland this year - are you ready?
What is a Low Emission Zone?
Low Emission Zones (LEZs) are to be introduced in Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh and Glasgow by mid-2022. LEZs set vehicle emission standards on certain road spaces with the aim of improving air quality. This will help improve people’s quality of life as well as reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
Older, more polluting vehicles that do not meet the proposed minimum emission standards will face a fine if they enter an LEZ when enforcement begins.
To check your vehicle use our vehicle checker at the bottom of this page.
The Scottish Government is committed to helping those who will have most difficulty preparing for the introduction of Low Emission Zones in the four cities of Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh and Glasgow. £3.7 million of funding has been made available in 2021/22 through the Low Emission Zone Support Fund to help more businesses, organisations and individuals prepare for the introduction of LEZs.
Further information on LEZ support funding is available here.
Low Emission Zones aim to raise awareness of active travel opportunities and provide an incentive to change some lifestyle habits around the way we travel – supporting more sustainable and active travel will help Scotland meet its world leading target of reaching net zero emissions of greenhouse gases by 2045 at the latest.
Choosing to walk, wheel and cycle instead of getting in the car comes with the added benefits of being great for boosting physical health and mental wellbeing, whilst also protecting our climate and improving air quality.
Embracing active travel is a great way to avoid driving in a Low Emission Zone - find out more here.
Blue Badge Holders will be exempt from LEZ restrictions once enforcement is introduced.
Transport Scotland is working with Blue Badge-holders, disability groups and our local authority partners to develop this scheme and further information will be available in due course.
Pocket guide & flyers
Find out all you need to know about Scotland's Low Emission Zones in our handy pocket guide.
You can also download our flyers for more information:
Make sure you are ready for the LEZs.
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Check your vehicle
Low Emission Zone entry will be based on the Euro emission engine classification standards. The confirmed minimum criteria is:
- Euro 4 for petrol cars and vans (generally vehicles registered from 2006*)
- Euro 6 for diesel cars and vans (generally vehicles registered from September 2015*)
- Euro VI for buses, coaches and HGVs (generally vehicles registered from January 2013*)
- Mopeds and motorcycles are out with the scope of the current LEZ for Glasgow, Edinburgh, Dundee and Aberdeen
*These dates are only indicative - please check your vehicle manual or with the manufacturer.
To help you understand if your vehicle can enter a Low Emission Zone, we have prepared a basic online vehicle checker below.
Please note that results provided can only give an indication and are not a guarantee or proof that your vehicle will be able to enter the zone.
For more information on our vehicle checker click here.