Edinburgh’s Proposed Low Emission Zone

Closed 20 Sep 2021

Opened 28 Jun 2021


The City of Edinburgh Council aims to reduce air pollution, since it presents a significant threat to public health. It is especially harmful to young children, the elderly and those suffering from pre-existing conditions, including heart and lung diseases.

Low Emission Zones (LEZs) are being introduced across Scotland’s four largest cities: Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen and Dundee in response to dangerous levels of air pollution, primarily nitrogen dioxide (NO2), generated by road traffic.

Low Emission Zones (LEZs) aspire to improve public health, by discouraging the most polluting vehicles from entering an area. If a vehicle entering a LEZ does not meet the minimum exhaust emission standard, then a penalty fine is issued. The Zone is intended to only target the most polluting vehicles.

Why your views matter

We are seeking views on the following proposed aspects of the Edinburgh LEZ:

  • city centre zone boundary
  • 2 -year grace period
  • local exemptions and considerations for impacted groups

We are also seeking to understand knowledge of LEZs, related support funds and grants and loans available for other sustainable transport options. 

Full scheme details are available in the ‘Proposal to make a LEZ’ or you can find a summary on our website.

The survey should take around 10 minutes to complete.

Responses, comments or feedback can also be emailed to: low.emission.zone@edinburgh.gov.uk, or posted to: Low Emission Zone, Waverley Court G3, 4 East Market Street, Edinburgh, EH8 8BG

Your Data

This online survey is being run by the City of Edinburgh Council and the findings will be analysed by an independent market research agency.

Responses you give in the survey will be treated confidentially and no comments you make can or will be linked directly to you, unless responding on behalf of an organisation. You can view our Privacy Notice for Transport and Infrastructure here.

Once you have completed the survey and clicked submit, the survey will be sent to a secure City of Edinburgh Council server where your personal data will be held. The data will be sent by secure means to the market researcher team for analysis. No personal data will be included in this data set and personal data will be deleted.

If you have any question about how we gather and manage personal data, please get in touch, or contact the council’s Information Governance team, information.compliance@edinburgh.gov.uk


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