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Consultation on Scotland’s LEZs to explore emissions standards and penalties

A new consultation on regulations and guidance for Scotland’s Low Emission Zones (LEZs) has opened to the public – with fleet operators being asked to have their say.

The consultation is open for 10 weeks

Marking the second consultation on Scotland’s LEZs – which will be live in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Dundee and Aberdeen by the end of 2020 – it will explore views on regulations on areas such as emission standards, exemptions, the enforcement regime and the setting of penalty charges.

The intention is to ensure consistency in how LEZs operate, backed by the Transport (Scotland) Act 2019.

Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure and Connectivity Michael Matheson said: “Since we first announced the ambition to deliver Low Emissions Zones in our four biggest cities by the end of 2020 – there has been considerable interest in their scope, national exemptions and what this means for communities across Scotland.

“We know from previous consultations that there is broad support for the potential of Low Emission Zones to protect public health and improve air quality – but there are a variety of views on our proposals for how LEZs will work consistently across Scotland, which I recognise is vitally important for their success.”

He added: “It is critical that we design these regulations in a collaborative way with the public, private and third sector – and I would encourage anyone with an interest to respond to this consultation on these very ambitious proposals for Scotland’s Low Emission Zones.”

The consultation on Scotland’s Low Emission Zones: Regulations and Guidance will be open until 23:59 on 24 February 2020 and can be accessed here.

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 16 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. As Business Editor, Natalie ensures the group websites and newsletters are updated with the latest news.