Low Emission Zone cameras18/05/23
WITH JUST over a year to go until enforcement starts on the Dundee Low Emission Zone, drivers will start to see new cameras appearing in the coming days.
While cameras on the major entry points to the zone are being erected, the grace period means enforcement won’t begin until the end of May next year giving drivers, businesses and local people time to get ready.
Mark Flynn convener of Dundee City Council’s city development committee said: “This is a major change in the way people will access areas of the city within the Inner Ring Road, but the LEZ only excludes the worst polluting vehicles.
“By creating an area in which harmful emissions are reduced, Dundee's LEZ aims to create an environment that helps to make the city an inclusive and desirable place to live, invest, visit and learn and one which helps to promote more active and sustainable travel choices.”
An area inside the A991 inner-ring road will form the Low Emission Zone within which only vehicles that meet the emission standards set out in the Low Emission Zone (Emission Standards, Exemptions and Enforcement) (Scotland) Regulations 2021 can be driven.
In summary this means that petrol cars and vans registered from 2006, diesel cars and vans registered from September 2015 and buses, coaches and HGVs registered from January 2013 will be eligible to access the LEZ. Owners can check whether their vehicle is compliant at https://www.lowemissionzones.scot/get-ready/vehicle-registration-checker
The LEZ will operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week and be enforced through the network of automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) cameras.
Cameras are being installed at eight entry points to the LEZ during the course of this week.
When enforcement starts in May 2024 there will be an initial penalty charge for all non-compliant vehicles entering the zone of £60, reduced by 50% if it is paid within 14 days. The default penalty charges for LEZs have been set by the Scottish Government and are therefore consistent across the country.
Lynne Short deputy convener of Dundee City Council’s community safety and public protection committee said: “The LEZ is only a single part a bigger raft of policies that have been introduced by the council recently to help improve quality of life in the city.
“People will already be able to see and have experienced for themselves the changes, in for example the bus fleet and increased number of low and zero emission taxis that are already compliant with the requirements of the LEZ.”
The LEZ will contribute to broader city objectives and the vision to create a healthy, vibrant and attractive city by protecting public health through improving air quality in Dundee and achieving air quality compliance for NO2, PM10 and PM2.5.
To find out more about Dundee’s LEZ, including traffic modelling, air quality data and the rationale for choosing which areas were included, go to http://www.dundeecity.gov.uk/lez
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