Dundee Low Emission Zone


To protect public health and improve air quality, Dundee City Council introduced a Low Emission Zone (LEZ) in May 2022.

The Dundee LEZ will contribute to the broader city objectives and the vision to create a healthy, vibrant and attractive city by protecting public health through improving air quality in Dundee and achieving air quality compliance.

Dundee has already made progress in reducing levels of air pollution. However, there are still streets where nitrogen dioxide (NO2) levels exceed the legal standards. Road traffic is the main source of nitrogen dioxide, so more action is needed.

Dundee's LEZ will develop an environment that helps to promote more active and sustainable travel choices, contributes to the city's ongoing transformational change and helps to promote Dundee as an inclusive and desirable place to live, invest, visit and learn.

LEZ scheme and consultation:

An extensive statutory consultation was carried out between June - August 2021 on the final design of the city’s LEZ.

The proposal included:
• A map of the area included within the LEZ and a list of all of the roads within the LEZ area
• The proposed date of introduction of the LEZ scheme, and the hours of operation
• The reasons why the proposed scheme should be made and effect the LEZ will have in relation to the roads it covers
• The scope of the LEZ including the vehicles which will be affected
• Emission standards, exempted vehicles and penalty charges
• The proposed grace period, during which time the LEZ will not be enforced.

The full proposal document can be downloaded here (0.39MB PDF).

You can see the full consultation report at: https://www.dundeecity.gov.uk/sites/default/files/publications/2021-09-30_dundee_low_emission_zone_-_statutory_consultation_summary_300921.pdf

Next steps:

Dundee's LEZ was introduced in May 2022.

A two-year grace period is set out, with enforcement beginning for all vehicles on 30 May 2024.

The inner ring road will form the boundary of the LEZ. Access will be restricted for the most polluting vehicles. Vehicles that don’t meet the emission standards will not be able to enter the zone. If they do, the owner of the vehicle will have to pay a fine.

Previous reports and consultations:

A previous consultation exercise in autumn 2019 gathered the views of more than 1,300 people to identify the preferred choice of boundary and vehicle exemptions for the LEZ.

For further information:

To find out more about Dundee’s LEZ, including traffic modelling, air quality data and the rationale for choosing which areas were included, go to dundeecity.gov.uk/lez or email dundee.lez@dundeecity.gov.uk

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