Aberdeen Low Emission Zone

To protect public health and improve air quality, Aberdeen City Council is working to introduce a Low Emission Zone (LEZ) in 2022:

LEZs are being introduced throughout Scotland in response to dangerous levels of air pollution (mainly nitrogen dioxide – NO2) mostly caused by road traffic. Similar to Glasgow, Edinburgh and Dundee, Aberdeen's LEZ will be in the city centre as this is where air quality is poorest.

In 2020, Aberdeen City Council consulted on eight LEZ options to help understand the views of members of the public and stakeholders. The options were subject to detailed modelling so that the Council could understand the likely impacts of the LEZ on traffic and air quality.

Aberdeen City Council Low Emission Zone Options Consultation (September-October 2020)

A preferred option has now been identified which best meets the objectives of the LEZ, maximises the positive impacts of the LEZ and minimises negative impacts on city centre users and residents.

A plan of the proposed LEZ boundary can be downloaded via the below link, along with a list of streets within the proposed LEZ area:


You can also access the LEZ option appraisal report - the Interim National Low Emission Framework (NLEF) Stage 2 Report– and an Executive Summary from the above link. Traffic and Air Quality Modelling Reports have also been made available for viewing. Links are also provided to a report on COVID-19 uncertainties and how these have been factored into LEZ planning, and a summary of the previous consultation outcomes.

A two-year grace period (during which enforcement of the LEZ will not take place) is proposed for all residents and non-residents and all vehicle types to allow people sufficient time to consider how best they can comply with the LEZ. This means that, should the Council declare a LEZ in May 2022 (as per the current programme), enforcement (the issuing of fines) will not start until May 2024.

Aberdeen City Council is now seeking views from members of the public and stakeholders on the preferred option boundary, the proposed grace period and any additional exemptions you think should be applied as part of the LEZ.

The consultation period will run for eight weeks and closes on 22 August 2021.

You can submit your response at Aberdeen Low Emission Zone Preferred Option – Aberdeen City Council – Citizen Space

For any enquiries in relation to the Aberdeen LEZ plans please contact: transportstrategy@aberdeencity.gov.uk

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