Low Emission Zone road markings

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PREPARATIONS for the start of enforcement of Dundee’s Low Emission Zone are in full swing with new road markings appearing at entry points.

Dundee City Council has begun the process of notifying drivers where the zone starts with a green disk and two green lines painted on the road surface at Bell Street where it meets the city’s inner ring road.

Heather Anderson convener of the city council’s climate, environment and biodiversity said: “The LEZ will generate an environment that supports our goal 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 trough the creation of an area in which harmful emissions are reduced.

“This is a major change in the way people will access areas of the city within the Inner Ring Road, but we must remember that only the worst polluting vehicles will be excluded and there is still time for people to make changes before enforcement starts.

“Information on the support that is available for households and business to help them meet the LEZ requirements is available on our website.”

The area inside the A991 inner-ring road forms 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.

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 a network of automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) cameras currently being installed at eight entry points to the LEZ.

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.

With each subsequent breach of the rules detected in the same LEZ, the penalty amount doubles. They are capped at £480 for cars and light goods vehicles and £960 for buses and HGVs. Where there are no further breaches of the rules detected within the 90 days following a previous violation, the penalty is reset to £60.

The default penalty charges for LEZs have been set by the Scottish Government and are therefore consistent across the country.

Dundee’s 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 and achieving consistent air quality compliance for NO2, PM10 and PM2.5.

Work on installing signage and road markings at entry points to the LEZ will be going on  throughout September and October.

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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