What is Dundee City Council trying to achieve with an LEZ?
Dundee City Council’s decisions about an LEZ in Dundee will seek to achieve three related objectives:
- Protect public health through improving air quality in Dundee and achieving set air quality objective levels
- Develop an environment that helps to promote more active and sustainable travel choices in Dundee
- Contribute to the ongoing transformational change in Dundee and help promote the city as an inclusive and desirable place to live, invest, visit and learn
What area will Dundee’s LEZ cover?
This has not yet been decided. Dundee City Council will decide on the LEZ area, based on technical analysis and feedback from public and stakeholder consultation
When would Dundee’s LEZ operate?
This has not been formally decided, but it is expected to be in effect 24 hours per day, 7 days per week
When will the LEZ come into force?
The LEZ will be introduced by the end of 2020, but there will be a grace period before the start of enforcement of the regulations, so that people and businesses have time (if necessary) to change their vehicles or their journey patterns.
Dundee City Council has not yet decided how long the grace period will be, but regulations state:
- For residents of the zone: at least two years and up to six years (meaning that penalties for using non-compliant vehicles will start between the end of 2022 and the end of 2026)
- For non-residents and commercial vehicles: at least one year and up to four years (meaning that restrictions on using non-compliant vehicles will start between the end of 2021 and the end of 2024)
Will I still be able to drive into the LEZ area?
This depends on your vehicle, and the decisions regarding which vehicles will be affected. Dundee City Council will decide on the vehicle types, based on technical analysis and consultation feedback. But you might be affected if you drive a:
- Bus or goods vehicle which does not meet Euro VI standard (generally those registered before 2014)
- Diesel car which does not meet Euro 6 standard (generally those registered before September 2015)
- Petrol car which does not meet Euro 4 standard (generally those registered before 2006)
If your vehicle is newer than these you should not be affected
How can I check whether my vehicle will be affected?
The Scottish Government is developing an on-line checker, which will enable drivers to check whether their vehicles are compliant with LEZ restrictions, based on the number plate
Isn’t banning buses a good idea to reduce pollution?
No. Although buses do cause pollution, they are many people’s only way to get to or around Dundee, and are typically more efficient per person than cars. Emissions have been falling as operators bring in new, cleaner buses. Dundee City Council considers it essential that the city has a good bus network
How will the LEZ be enforced?
ANPR (Automatic Number Plate Recognition) cameras will identify the number plate of every passing vehicle and check them against a database of compliant vehicles. The owner of any non-compliant vehicle driven within the zone would be issued with a penalty charge notice
What will the penalty charge be?
The penalty rates will be set at a national level by Scottish Ministers. No details on what the penalty levels will be are known yet but it is expected that different levels will exist for different classes of vehicles and for repeated infringements
How will the zone boundary be marked?
Clear road signs will mark the boundary of the zone. Drivers of non-compliant vehicles will be able to choose to drive around the zone rather than into it, or use alternative means of transport, if they wish to avoid incurring a penalty
Who is paying for the introduction and operation of the LEZ?
The introduction and operation of the LEZ will be the responsibility of Dundee City Council. Money received from penalty charges may be used to help cover the costs. Dundee City Council is receiving grant funding from the Scottish Government to help with the introduction of the LEZ
Will anyone be exempt from the regulations?
Anyone driving a compliant vehicle will be able to drive into and around Dundee as they currently do.
Vehicles belonging to residents of the zone will be exempted for a longer minimum grace period, as described above, but will not be permanently exempted.
Other exemptions (for disabled drivers, for example) are being considered at a national level and will be set by the Scottish Ministers
Is support available to help me replace a non-compliant vehicle?
The Scottish Government has committed to help individuals and businesses who will have the most difficulty in making the transition by creating a support fund for vehicle owners affected by the introduction of the LEZ, though the details of any scheme(s) have yet to be published. Dundee City Council will seek to ensure that anyone who might benefit from the support funding is aware of it