A Low Emission Zone (LEZ) in Aberdeen City Centre was introduced in May 2022 following approval by the Scottish Government. An LEZ is an area where only vehicles meeting certain emissions standards are allowed to enter. Vehicles which enter the LEZ and don’t meet these standards (with certain exemptions) face penalty notices of £60 (reduced to £30 if paid within 14 days). The LEZ is currently in a ‘grace’ period with enforcement due to come into full effect on 1st June 2024.
Why is the LEZ being introduced in Aberdeen?
The LEZ (sometimes called a clean air zone) is being introduced with the aim of achieving a more sustainable and eco-friendly city centre. It is designed to restrict access to high-polluting vehicles within certain areas, thereby encouraging the use of cleaner transportation options. LEZs are now becoming increasingly common in urban areas throughout the UK as a way to combat air pollution and reduce the health risks associated with poor air quality. The Glasgow LEZ is already in operation and the Edinburgh LEZ will commence on the same date as the Aberdeen one – 1st June 2024.
Cleaner Air in Aberdeen City Centre
It is hoped that the LEZ will significantly reduce air pollution levels in the city centre, which have been a growing concern in recent years. Air pollution can lead to various health issues, including respiratory problems, heart disease, and even premature death. By reducing the number of older, more polluting vehicles on the road, the LEZ aims to improve public health and overall well-being. It is hoped that the LEZ will encourage more people to move to electric vehicles (EVs).
LEZ and EVs
Electric Vehicles (EVs) are seen as a crucial part of the success of LEZs. EVs produce zero exhaust emissions making them a clean and environmentally friendly option. The introduction of more LEZs around the UK is predicted to lead to a rise in the sale of EVs and an increased demand for home and workplace EV charger installation.
Who can drive in the LEZ?
Most drivers will be able to drive in the LEZ. Most petrol cars registered after 2006 and diesel cars registered after 2015 will not be affected. You can check if your car is compliant by entering your car registration on the vehicle registration checker web page.
Exemptions to the LEZ
There are some exemptions e.g. blue badge holders, emergency vehicles, motorcycles, mopeds, military vehicles etc.
Areas affected by the LEZ
A list of Aberdeen roads affected by the LEZ can be found on Aberdeen City Council website
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