The four new UK driving laws which come into force today

Edinburgh's Low Emission Zone (LEZ)
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Motorists have been warned that four new driving laws will come into force today. The rules could see some road users hit with large fines amid the change which begins on Saturday, June 1.

Three major cities in Scotland will see the change as petrol and diesel drivers will be changed as part of the new Low Emission Zones (LEZ). These will operate constantly and will user Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) cameras are linked to local and national vehicle licencing databases.

Any vehicle which does not comply will be detected and fines will be issued. This will be in force 24-hours a day, 365 days of the year.

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Elsewhere, local authorities which are currently running e-scooter trials now have the opportunity to request changes to the area and the fleet size of their trial. Approved requests will come into force from today.

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 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 after becoming the first Scottish city to introduce the rules.

Low Emission Zone - Edinburgh

Aberdeen and Edinburgh will begin enforcing their LEZs today. Prof Jill Belch, from the University of Dundee, 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 the professor, who lead the research, said the number of acute asthma attacks should fall very quickly. "The first thing we'll see is that the pollution levels will come down and that's great," she said.

"But it's not just hospital admissions, it's the long-term effects with dementia and heart attacks."

Low Emission Zone - Aberdeen

Aberdeen and Edinburgh will begin enforcing LEZs today. The LEZ is being introduced to address air pollution in the city centre, mainly nitrogen dioxide (NO2), caused by road traffic.

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.