A Low Emissions Zone (LEZ) is coming into force in Glasgow on 1 June 2023. This means that all vehicles entering the city centre area of the zone, which don’t meet the required standards, will receive a penalty charge.
LEZ emission standards have been set nationally in Scotland – Euro 4 for petrol vehicles and Euro 6 for diesel vehicles. You can check if your vehicle is compliant via LEZ Scotland’s official page.
There is no option to pay a charge to enter the LEZ. The penalty for non-compliant vehicles is set nationally at £60, but will double for each subsequent breach of the rules by the same vehicle in the same LEZ, to a cap of £480 for cars. Penalty charges will be reduced by 50% if paid within 14 days.
The MU understands that fines are to be issued on a per day basis – meaning if you travel into the zone during an evening for a gig, from which you leave in the early hours of the next day, you are liable to receive two fines.
There is a grace period for zone residents, meaning vehicles registered to a residential property within the zone have until 1 June 2024 to meet the requirements. For more information, including a full list of streets/roads eligible for the residents' grace period, please visit Glasgow’s official advice page.
Further LEZs are planned in Aberdeen, Dundee and Edinburgh and will come into force in 2024.