Glasgow is set to introduce a Low Emission Zone in May, with fines and charges set to be enforced from June 2023. Other Scottish LEZs are also set to launch this year, although Aberdeen, Dundee and Edinburgh have all agreed to a two-year ‘grace period’ and won’t enforce fines on vehicles until the middle of 2024.
Glasgow City Council stated that the intention of the new LEZ scheme is for the launch to occur on May 31, 2022.
They are “committed to improving air quality by enforcing the LEZ at the earliest opportunity” and therefore have proposed a one year grace period, meaning enforcement of entry restrictions will begin on June 1, 2023.
A further grace period is proposed for vehicles registered to residents within the LEZ, reflecting their restricted options in respect of choosing to enter the LEZ.
Enforcement of entry restrictions for the vehicles which fall within this category will begin on June 1, 2024.
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The initial penalty charge is set at £60 and is reduced by 50 percent if paid within 14 days.
Where repeat entry by the same vehicle is detected within a 90-day period, this penalty charge rate will double, doubling again on each subsequent entry up to a maximum determined by vehicle type.
This could result in some drivers paying fines of up to £960.
Some exemptions are set to be available including emergency vehicles, historic vehicles and those belonging to blue badge holders.
The Scottish LEZs will operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week, all year round, and be enforced by Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) cameras linked to a national vehicle licensing database.
Scottish Lib Dem transport spokeswoman Jill Reilly said: “We have been supportive of ambitious Low Emission Zones but these need to be coupled with support for those who will struggle to make the change to less polluting forms of transport.”
The Scottish Government praised the introduction of the LEZs, as well as the incentives being offered to residents and businesses.
It said: “Our LEZ Support Fund provides money for lower-income households and small businesses to prepare for the introduction of LEZs, with cash grants available to purchase a compliant vehicle, retrofit an existing one or buy a bike or public transport voucher.”