Consultation on Low Emission Zone for Edinburgh

The City of Edinburgh Council is consulting on proposals to introduce a Low Emission Zone (LEZ) to reduce traffic pollution.

Views are sought on how key aspects of the proposed LEZ in Edinburgh should be implemented including; the proposed boundaries, the types of vehicles affected, grace periods, and wider views on how the LEZ might impact upon transport choices. The consultation closes on 21 July 2019.

The proposals include a LEZ which applies both to the city centre for all vehicles, and city wide for only commercial vehicles (buses, coaches, heavy goods vehicles, light goods vehicles, vans, taxis, and private hire cars).

Edinburgh’s LEZ will be one of four in Scotland as part of the Scottish Government’s national Low Emission Zones programme, alongside Glasgow, Aberdeen and Dundee. In line with Scottish Government Commitments, Edinburgh is planning for its LEZ scheme to be in place at the end of 2020.

The Scottish Government is developing legislation setting out the detail of how LEZs will operate, to ensure consistency across LEZs in Scotland. This framework will cover issues such as the emissions standards for vehicles, penalty rates, exemptions for specific vehicles, and enforcement.

Information on the Scottish Low Emission Zones programme.

Link to the consultation on the Edinburgh Council website.