Drivers in 'larger' cars face £980 fines in crackdown starting this week

Scotland's new Low Emission Zones are now in effect - with Aberdeen, Dundee and Edinburgh joining Glasgow. Non-compliant petrol and diesel cars will be FINED for driving into zones in a major blow for drivers north of the border.

Fines across the four Scottish cities (and Scotland as a whole) are consistent, with non-compliant vehicles entering a LEZ being hit with a £60 fine. This doubles with each subsequent offence, with a cap of £480 for cars and light goods vehicles (LGVs), and £980 for larger vehicles including minibuses, buses, coaches, and heavy good vehicles (HGVs).

These fines will be delivered in the form of PCNs. These must be paid within 28 days from the date issued, and increase by 50 per cent if not paid within that timeframe. RAC head of policy Simon Williams said: "Drivers in Dundee should be prepared for Low Emission Zone (LEZ) enforcement from this Thursday, while those in Aberdeen and Edinburgh will be impacted from Saturday. Drivers with a diesel car registered before 2016 need to check if their vehicle is liable for the daily charge.

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"Meanwhile, most petrol cars registered prior to 2006 will also have to pay the fee. The best advice to drivers is to use Scotland’s Low Emission Zone checker to see if their vehicle is compliant. There are some exemptions, for instance for Blue Badge holders and owners of historic vehicles, although it may be necessary to apply for the exemption to avoid having to pay the charge.

“All Scotland’s LEZs use the same penalty charge structure, which means that if motorists fail to pay the daily charge, they’ll instead face a fine which starts at £60 but gets progressively higher for future breaches. While motorists were given a two-year grace period to prepare for these new LEZ enforcements, it’s important to realise they’ve had 24 months of extremely high fuel prices, an ongoing cost-of-living crisis and insurance premiums at an all-time high, making it very challenging for drivers of older vehicles to upgrade.

"Those on low incomes who live within 12 miles of a LEZ boundary may be eligible for a grant of up to £3,000, so it’s well worth checking the Energy Saving Trust’s website.”