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Glasgow City Council

Glasgow City Council


Scotland's first Low Emission Zone (LEZ) came into effect in Glasgow city centre on 31 December 2018.

Glasgow's LEZ is being phased in and to start with, will only apply to local service buses.

On 31 December 2022 when the LEZ is fully implemented, all vehicles entering the zone will have to meet specified exhaust emission standards.

Air pollution impacts negatively on human health; particularly so for the very young, the elderly and those with existing respiratory and cardiovascular conditions.

In Glasgow city centre, levels of harmful nitrogen dioxide are being recorded at levels which do not meet statutory expectations. The main source of this air pollutant within the city is from road traffic.

A LEZ is capable of bringing about a significant improvement in air quality.

Its impact will make Glasgow city centre more pleasant and attractive for those living, working and visiting here.

Whilst Glasgow's LEZ will target those streets currently experiencing the highest levels of pollution, the benefits will be felt throughout Glasgow as cleaner vehicles travel into the city centre from outlying areas.

Glasgow's LEZ will:

  • Protect public health through tackling air pollution from road traffic in the city
  • Ensure that Glasgow moves more rapidly towards meeting Scottish and EU air quality objectives
  • Contribute to broader objectives and the vision by the City Government to lower vehicle emissions and promote active travel.