Four new driving laws launch in June - including revamped e-scooter rules

Edinburgh's Low Emission Zone (LEZ)
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New driving law changes launched on June 1 could see petrol and diesel car owners hit with big fines. Motorists will see new charges introduced in three of the four major Scottish cities.

The changes will see petrol and diesel motorists charged as part of the new Low Emission Zones. The LEZ will operate continuously, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) cameras are linked to local and national vehicle licencing databases in order to monitor all vehicles that driving within them.

They will be able to detect any vehicles that do not comply with the emission standards. Stationary vehicles are not subject to LEZ restrictions, it has been confirmed.

The LEZ will be enforced by Penalty Charge Notice (PCN), reports Birmingham Live. When a non-compliant vehicle is detected driving within a LEZ a PCN is issued to the registered keeper of that vehicle and be enforced from June 1.

Low Emission Zone - Aberdeen

Aberdeen and Edinburgh will begin enforcing their LEZs on Saturday. A low emission zone (LEZ) is an area where only certain vehicles are allowed to enter based on their emissions standards. The LEZ is being introduced to address air pollution in the city centre, mainly nitrogen dioxide (NO2), caused by road traffic.

Aberdeen City Council introduced a Low Emission Zone (LEZ) in Aberdeen city centre on 30 May 2022 with a two year grace period. This means that between May 2022 and 31 May 2024, drivers will not be fined for entering the LEZ with a non-compliant vehicle.

Low Emission Zone - Dundee

Dundee has become the second Scottish city to introduce a low emission zone (LEZ), which bans some vehicles from its city centre. Glasgow was the first a year ago and recently announced that it had received more than £1m in penalty charges issued to 33,000 drivers of non-compliant vehicles who entered the restricted zone.

Rebecca Wade, who cycles to work in Dundee from her home in Broughty Ferry, feels the new LEZ will make a big difference. Dr Wade says: "It's really wonderful that some of the buses are now hybrid and electric, so there's much less pollution from those."

"Many of the cars are electric too, but you just can't avoid that exhaust pollution when you're sitting at junctions."

Low Emission Zone - Edinburgh

Aberdeen and Edinburgh will begin enforcing their LEZs on Saturday. Prof Jill Belch, from the University of Dundee, who led the research, said it would take a couple of years for the LEZs to show a change in the health of people living or working within them.

But she said the number of acute asthma attacks should fall very quickly. She said: "The first thing we'll see is that the pollution levels will come down and that's great. But it's not just hospital admissions, it's the long-term effects with dementia and heart attacks."

E-scooter trials

The Department for Transport (DfT) has changed its rules regarding e-scooter trials in the UK to grant local authorities more power. Local authorities which are currently running e-scooter trials now have the opportunity to request changes to the geography and the fleet size of their trial. Requests for changes can be made to the DfT until April 5 and approved requests will come into force from June 1 this year.

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