Scotland’s Low Emission Zones: coming soon to a city near you!
By 2020, business owners based in, or driving through, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Dundee will be affected by new air quality measures called Low Emission Zones (LEZs). LEZs impose a daily charge on the most polluting vehicles entering cities – and look likely to include large tracts of Scottish city centres.
Businesses are being advised to check the emissions standards of company vehicles. Although it remains unknown what emission standards will be in force in Scotland, it is expected to be Euro 6 (diesel) and Euro 4 (petrol). A quick way to check is to use this vehicle checker on Transport for London’s site.
The advice is also suggesting that businesses invest in as new as possible vehicles because they emit significantly less nitrogen oxide. There are tax advantages for VAT-registered business and for PCPs (personal contract plans) in purchasing lower emission vehicles and also incentives on offer, for electric and plug-in cars, such as interest free loans, and charging kits.