Low emission zones are a type of Vehicle Access Regulation Scheme that restricts access to an area by the most polluting vehicles. The Scottish Government is introducing low emission zones in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Dundee and Aberdeen between February and May 2022 to improve air quality.
Improving air quality is more important than ever. The air we breathe contains emissions from motor vehicles, industry and household fuels. Air pollution affects 91% of the global population and is most concentrated in urban areas. Exposure to polluted air contributes to health conditions, including heart and respiratory diseases, and some cancers.
Low emission zones set criteria based on Euro emission standards for vehicles. In future, vehicles that do not meet the minimum standard will face a penalty if they enter a low emission zone. If you live or operate a business in a planned low emission zone, and your current vehicle is not compliant, you may be entitled to some support. Please see the eligibility criteria below.