Low Emission Zone

A Low Emission Zone (LEZ) is an area where only certain vehicles are allowed to enter, based on their emissions standards.

In line with the Scottish Government’s Programme for Government, we are looking at options for a Low Emission Zone (LEZ) in Aberdeen, to operate from late 2020. The LEZ is likely to be in the city centre as this is currently where air quality is poorest.

Vehicles that do not meet the required emissions standards will not be able to enter the area. Currently the proposed minimum criteria is:

  • Euro 6 for diesel cars (cars registered from September 2015)
  • Euro 4 for petrol cars (cars registered from January 2006)
  • Euro 6 for heavy diesel vehicles (including older retrofitted engines which would be improved to operate as Euro 6).

Electric and hydrogen vehicles will also be allowed to access the zone.

You can use the Vehicle Checker on the Low Emission Zones Scotland website to see if your vehicle is likely to be allowed into the zone:

Phase 1 of Aberdeen’s LEZ (from December 2020) will apply to buses only. The Council is working in partnership with bus operators to reduce emissions from local bus services, including the addition of new hydrogen buses to the fleet.

Options for Phase 2 (which will apply to multiple vehicle types) are still being developed and are subject to detailed traffic and air quality modelling. The Council will be consulting with members of the public and stakeholders on a series of options from April 2020 with a view to identifying a preferred option later in the year. Once a preferred option has been identified and agreed by the Council and Scottish Ministers, a timetable for delivery will be published. 

The Council is working with partners in Transport Scotland and in the other Scottish LEZ cities (Dundee, Edinburgh and Glasgow) to develop a consistent approach to LEZ introduction, exemptions, grace periods, monitoring and enforcement.

We will update this web page regularly as we go through the process of assessing the options and work towards identifying a preferred option.

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