Low Emission Zones planned for Scotland


The Scottish Government is planning to install a network of Automatic Number Plate Recognition cameras across the country to identify the most polluting vehicles.
Glasgow is expected to become the Scotland’s first city with a Low Emission Zone, where vehicles that don’t meet emissions standards – primarily diesel cars, lorries and buses – will have to pay a toll or a fine.
Quoted in the Sunday Post, Transport Minister Humza Yousaf said:  “We are talking to the four largest cities in Scotland.  We have had very constructive discussions.  Most people will want to see Glasgow in and around that because of the air quality issues and I think that is fair.  It will be about number plate recognition cameras – there are cheaper ways to do low emission zones, but we would like to do it properly.
“The longer-term vision is to broaden it out so it’s not just focused on city centres but larger areas.  If we can make public transport more affordable and reliable, people will find they don’t need to take their cars into city centre as much.  We are definitely not going down the congestion or road pricing route.”
Experts and environmentalists welcomed the move, while critics warned that it would hit low-paid people who can’t afford to replace their old cars.