Low Emission Zones (LEZs) are intended to protect health by reducing pollution from road traffic. The only vehicles that are allowed to be driven in an LEZ are those which meet certain standards for exhaust emissions. The Scottish Government has committed to introduce LEZs into Scotland's four biggest cities, Dundee, Glasgow, Edinburgh and Aberdeen. Dundee City Council needs to decide the area that its LEZ will cover, and which types of vehicle will be excluded.
Dundee City Council is consulting on plans for LEZs in the city where, although air quality is good in most places, there are places where pollution levels are higher than the legal standards. Road traffic is the biggest single cause of air pollution in Dundee.
Technical work completed to date has considered a wide range of options for the area which Dundee’s LEZ should cover. It concludes that the best option in terms of balancing all of the objectives would be for the LEZ to be the area inside the inner ring road.
The same work has also considered which types of vehicle should be excluded by the LEZ’s regulations. It suggests two options:
- That the LEZ applies only to non-compliant buses, which may be relatively easy to implement, but will mean that more locations continue to have pollution levels above standards.
- That the LEZ applies to all non-compliant vehicles, including lorries, vans and private cars, which will impact on the journey choices of more people, but will generate the greatest reduction in pollution.
In the second option, most diesel vehicles registered before 2015 would be unable to be driven within the LEZ area.
The council wishes to hear residents’ views about the most appropriate area for the LEZ and on the types of vehicles to which the LEZ regulations should apply.