Dundee Low Emissions Zone

In recent years, the world has been grappling with the alarming issue of air pollution. Cities across the globe are adopting various strategies to combat this environmental hazard. One such initiative is the establishment of Low Emission Zones (LEZs).

What is a Low Emission Zone (LEZ)?

A Low Emission Zone, often abbreviated as LEZ, is a designated area within a city or town where specific restrictions are imposed on vehicles based on their emissions.

The primary objective of an LEZ is to improve air quality by reducing the levels of harmful pollutants emitted by vehicles, such as nitrogen dioxide (NO2) and particulate matter (PM).

Areas Covered by Dundee's LEZ

Dundee's LEZ covers a significant portion of the city, focusing on areas where air pollution levels have been a cause for concern. These areas are carefully selected to target pollution hotspots and promote cleaner air for residents and visitors alike.

These areas include:

  • Allan Lane
  • Albert Square
  • Argyllgait
  • Bank Street
  • Barrack Street
  • Bell Street (between Victoria Road and Constitution Road)
  • Cameron's Close
  • Candle Lane
  • Castle Street
  • Chapel Street, Commercial Court
  • Commercial Street
  • Constitution Road
  • Courthouse Square
  • Couttie's Wynd
  • Cowgate
  • Crichton Street
  • Dock Street (between Whitehall Crescent and Commercial Street/A991 junction)
  • Euclid Crescent
  • Euclid Street
  • Exchange Court
  • Exchange Street
  • Forester Street
  • Gellatly Street
  • High Street
  • Irvine's Square
  • Johnston Street
  • King Street (between St. Andrew's Street and North Marketgait)
  • Malthouse Close
  • Mary Ann Lane
  • Meadow Entry
  • Meadowside (between Meadow Lane and Constitution Road)
  • Murraygate
  • Nethergate (between West Marketgait and Crichton Street)
  • Nicholl Street
  • North Lindsay Street
  • Panmure Street, Peter Street
  • Pullar's Close
  • Queen Street
  • Rattray Street
  • Reform Street
  • Royal Exchange Lane
  • Seagate (between Commercial Street and East Marketgait)
  • Shore Terrace
  • Soapwork Lane
  • South Ward Road
  • St Andrew's Lane
  • St Andrew's Street
  • Sugarhouse Wynd
  • Trades Lane
  • Union Street
  • Ward Road
  • West Bell Street
  • Whitehall Crescent
  • Whitehall Street
  • Willison Street
  • Yeaman Shore

Commencement of Dundee's LEZ

Dundee's Low Emission Zone is scheduled to come into effect on 30th May 2024. This marks the beginning of a new era in the city's efforts to combat air pollution. From this date onwards, vehicles operating within the LEZ must adhere to specific emissions standards.

Operational Hours

The LEZ in Dundee will be operational 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. It's important for residents and commuters to be aware of these hours to ensure compliance with the emissions regulations:

•    Euro 4 for petrol cars and vans (generally vehicles registered from 2006 onwards)
•    Euro 6 for diesel cars and vans (generally vehicles registered from September 2015 onwards)
•    Euro VI for buses, coaches and HGVs (generally vehicles registered from January 2013 onwards)

Vehicle Exemptions

While the goal of an LEZ is to encourage cleaner transport options, certain vehicles are exempt from these restrictions. Common exemptions include:

  • Electric vehicles (EVs)
  • Hybrid vehicles
  • Emergency vehicles (e.g., ambulances and fire engines)
  • Vehicles for disabled persons

These exemptions aim to balance the need for clean air with essential services and accommodations.

Emergency Service Vehicles

Emergency vehicles play a vital role in ensuring the safety and well-being of the public. These are vehicles used by individuals who are either constables or are responding to emergencies at the request of the Scottish Ambulance Service Board. They can also be vehicles utilised by organisations like the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, Her Majesty's Coastguard, or the National Crime Agency while carrying out their functions.

Naval, Military, or Air Force Vehicles

Naval, military, and air force vehicles are exempt from certain regulations due to their critical role in national defense. These vehicles are used exclusively for military or defense purposes and are not subject to the same rules as civilian vehicles.

Historic Vehicles

Historic vehicles hold a special place in our automotive heritage. To qualify as a historic vehicle, the following conditions must be met:

The vehicle must have been manufactured or registered under the Vehicle Excise and Registration Act 1994 for the first time at least 30 years ago.

Vehicles no longer in production

The vehicle has been historically preserved or maintained in its original state and has not undergone substantial changes in the technical characteristics of its main components.

Vehicles for Disabled Persons

Vehicles used by disabled persons enjoy certain exemptions and privileges. To qualify for these exemptions, the following conditions must apply:

  • The vehicle must be driven by an individual who possesses a blue badge issued under Section 21(2) of the Chronically Sick and Disabled Persons Act 1970.
  • A passenger in the vehicle must also hold a badge under the same section of the Act.
  • The vehicle itself may be issued a badge under Section 21(4) of the Act.
  • A reduction in the annual rate of vehicle excise duty applies if the vehicle is used by a disabled person receiving personal independence payment at the standard rate.
  • Vehicles registered with a 'disabled' or 'disabled passenger vehicles' tax class, such as those exempt from vehicle excise duty under paragraph 19(1) or 20(1) of Schedule 2 of the Vehicle Excise and Registration Act 1994, are also eligible for exemptions. It's important to note that blue badges are assigned to individuals, not vehicles, allowing blue badge holders to travel in any vehicle while still benefiting from the associated exemptions.

Showman Vehicles

Showman vehicles are highly specialised and are primarily used by travelling showmen during their performances. These vehicles serve various purposes, including transportation during performances and carrying performance equipment. They are classified as either "showman’s goods vehicle" or "showman’s vehicle" under Section 62(1) of the Vehicle Excise and Registration Act 1994.

Understanding the exemptions for different types of vehicles in the UK is essential for both vehicle owners and authorities. Whether it's for emergency services, military purposes, preserving history, enhancing accessibility, or facilitating entertainment, these exemptions play a vital role in our society, ensuring that these vehicles can perform their duties effectively.

Penalty Fine Details

To enforce compliance with LEZ regulations, a penalty fine system is in place. Those who fail to meet the emissions standards while driving within the LEZ may face fines. The exact details of penalty fines are as follows:

  • First-time offenders: £60
  • Repeat offenders: Doubles for each offence (capping at £480)

It is crucial for drivers to be aware of these fines and take necessary measures to adhere to emission standards.

Enforcement of Dundee's LEZ

Dundee's LEZ is enforced through a combination of technological measures and on-ground monitoring. To ensure the effective implementation of the LEZ, authorities employ the following methods:

Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR)

ANPR cameras are strategically placed throughout the LEZ to monitor and record the registration plates of vehicles entering and exiting. This data is cross-referenced with emissions standards to identify non-compliant vehicles.

Mobile Enforcement Teams

Trained enforcement teams patrol the LEZ to visually identify non-compliant vehicles and issue fines accordingly.

Public Awareness Campaigns

Dundee City Council conducts public awareness campaigns to educate residents and visitors about the LEZ regulations, encouraging compliance.

Collaboration with Vehicle Owners

Authorities work closely with vehicle owners to ensure they understand the regulations and have access to resources for emissions testing and upgrades if needed.

Dundee's Low Emission Zone represents a significant step towards a cleaner and healthier urban environment. By implementing stringent emissions standards and utilising various enforcement measures, the city is taking a proactive approach to combat air pollution.

If you would like to upgrade to a compliant vehicle, speak to Struans in Dundee to see what cars we have available in our range.

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