Huge driver fine for breaking new law just weeks away affecting 4 UK cities

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Are you travelling up north? Be prepared - motorists north of the border have been issued a stark warning as they may soon face hefty fines for driving petrol and diesel cars in four of the UK's largest cities: Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

New clean air and low emission zone regulations are being introduced across these locations. So you had better watch out.

The Low Emission Zone in Aberdeen will start levying charges from Saturday, June 1, with enforcement in Dundee commencing on May 30, 2024. There are still two support schemes available for motorists needing to retrofit or replace their vehicles, enabling households to claim up to £3,000 and businesses up to £2,000.

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Edinburgh's zone comes into effect on June 1, as does Glasgow's - but only for vehicles registered to a residential property within the area. A spokesperson for Glasgow City Council shed light on the operating practices stating, "Scottish LEZs operate by way of a penalty system, set in legislation to discourage non-compliant vehicle entry and to maximise the air quality benefits that can be delivered."

All vehicles in breach of these LEZ standards across Scotland will incur a £60 fine, doubling with each subsequent contravention reaching a maximum of £480 for cars and LGVs. For minibuses, buses, coaches and HGVs, the fines could rise to an eye-watering £980, reports Birmingham Live.

The entry criteria for the Low Emission Zone (LEZ) will be based on the Euro emission engine classification standards, which are used both internationally and nationally. The minimum requirements are Euro 4 for petrol cars and vans - typically vehicles registered from 2006, and Euro 6 for diesel cars and vans - usually vehicles registered from September 2015.

This extends to Euro 6 for petrol and diesel taxis and private hire vehicles, as per standard licence conditions outlined in the Taxi Emission Standards Policy (2021), and Euro VI for buses, coaches and HGVs - generally vehicles registered from January 2013.

Penalty Charge Notices (PCNs) must be paid within 28 days from the date they were issued. If not paid within this timeframe, a charge certificate will be issued, increasing the PCN penalty charge by 50%.

If the increased charge is not paid within 14 days, the charge certificate and PCNs can be recovered as an enforceable debt.

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