Glasgow set for Scotland's first Low Emission Zone

Proposals to introduce Scotland's first Low Emission Zone in Glasgow city centre by the end of 2018 have moved a step closer after councillors gave it the green light.

Having first been agreed by the City Administration Committee last September, the approval has now been granted to extend the Low Emission Zone to all vehicle types, by 31 December 2022, initially addressing local service buses on a phased basis from 31 December 2018.

The Low Emission Zone is seen as an essential measure for improving air quality in the city centre and beyond.

Anna Richardson, City Convener for Sustainability and Carbon Reduction, said: “Improving the quality of the air we breathe is a key priority for the city and so I'm proud to stand behind this progressive policy that will see Glasgow introduce Scotland's first Low Emission Zone by the end of the year. The LEZ will make significant reductions to air pollution in the city centre and when fully implemented, will cover all vehicles by December 2022. This will ensure we achieve the improvements in air quality our city deserves.”