Drivers warned of huge fines for driving petrol and diesel cars in four major UK cities within weeks

Motorists are being warned of four new low-emission zones that will start charging within weeks, meaning millions of motorists could face hefty fines.

Major cities in the UK have taken steps to improve air quality, with many favoring emissions-based charging zones, while four new zones have been set up in Scotland.

All vehicles entering a LEZ across Scotland will be fined £60, with the rate doubling for each subsequent offence, capped at £480 for cars and LGVs, while minibuses, buses, coaches and lorries face maximum fines . from £980.

The minimum criteria include Euro 4 for petrol vehicles (generally registered from 2006), Euro 6 for diesel vehicles (registered from September 2015) and Euro VI for buses, coaches and trucks (January 2013 onwards).

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Sign for low emission zone

Enforcement for the four low-emission zones will take place in the coming days



Aberdeen’s Low Emission Zone will start charging drivers from Saturday, June 1, as it looks to clean up the city’s air, which was mandated by the government in 2022.

Estimates suggest that 85 percent of vehicles in the city already comply with the LEZ, with drivers able to check the status of their vehicle against the emissions rules on the Aberdeen City Council website.

The zone covers areas within the northern boundary of Skene Street, School Hill, Upper Kirkgate and Littlejohn Street; North Street and Commerce Street to the east; Virginia Street, Guild Street, College Street and Willowbank Road to the south; and Rose Street, Thistle Street; and Holborn Street to the west.

\u200b\u200bAberdeen LEZ border map

Aberdeen LEZ border map



The city originally launched its low-emission zone on May 30, 2022, although a two-year grace period was introduced, giving locals time to switch vehicles, and enforcement began on May 30, 2024.

The affected area is within the A991 inner ring road, with the exception of the Bell Street, West Marketgait NCP and Wellgate car parks.

There are still two support schemes available for drivers to take advantage of if they need to adapt or change their vehicle. Households can receive up to £3,000 and businesses can receive £2,000.

\u200b\u200bThe Dundee LEZ border map

The Dundee LEZ border map



The Scottish capital will operate its LEZ 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, with enforcement and fines to commence from June 1, 2024.

The zone is signposted at the entrances and exits, with automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) cameras used to catch drivers flouting the rules.

Motorists are urged to take care when driving in the city centre, with the LEZ circling from Tollcross in the south to Palmerston Place in the west along Queen Street in the New Town to Picardy Place around Abbeyhill and on Holyrood Road along the Pleasance in the east before returning along the Meadows to Tollcross.


\u200b\u200bThe Edinburgh LEZ border map

The Edinburgh LEZ border map



Phase one of the LEZ started in December 2018, although this only applied to buses, followed by phase two for all vehicles on June 1 last year. From June 1, 2024, enforcement will apply to vehicles registered to a residential property within the zone.

A spokesperson for Glasgow City Council said: “Scottish LEZs operate through a penalty system, legislated to discourage the entry of non-compliant vehicles and to maximize the air quality benefits that can be delivered.”

The LEZ is approximately one square kilometer in size and covers part of the city center bounded by the M8 motorway to the north and west, the River Clyde to the south and Saltmarket/High Street to the east.

The Glasgow LEZ border map

The Glasgow LEZ border map


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