The Council is consulting until 20th September on aspects of a Low Emission Zone, such as the city centre boundary, the grace period, local exemptions and considerations for impacted groups.
You can respond to the consultation on the Council's website by clicking here.
Responses or comments can also be emailed to: firstname.lastname@example.org, or posted to: Low Emission Zone, Waverley Court G3, 4 East Market Street, Edinburgh, EH8 8BG.
A Low emission zone (LEZ) discourages drivers with the worst polluting vehicles from entering a certain area. The Council’s proposed LEZ will operate continuously, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, all year round. Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) cameras, linked to a national vehicle licencing database, will be used to monitor vehicles driving in the zone. They will detect vehicles which do not comply with the minimum emission standards. If given the go-ahead it would start in May 2022.
Cllr Jason Rust (Colinton/ Fairmilehead) said, “I hope residents take the opportunity to voice their views on the Council’s proposals. As drafted the scheme would limit access to important “park and walk” sites providing off street car parking for visitors to City Centre businesses such as at the Omni Centre, the new St James Centre and Castle Terrace along with limiting access to the designated drop off area for Waverley Station, used by many with mobility difficulties. It will also be important to ensure that there are no unintended consequences arising from the LEZ and that the evidence base is solid.”