Petrol and diesel drivers face new £60 daily fine in crackdown from today

Petrol and diesel drivers face a new £60 daily bill under new Low Emission Zone rules launching today. The Dundee Low Emission Zone will be enforced from Thursday May 30 ahead of Edinburgh and Aberdeen rolling out its own zones this weekend.

A Low Emission Zone (LEZ) is an area where only certain vehicles are allowed to enter based on their emissions standards. LEZs reduce pollution levels and improve air quality by stopping the most polluting vehicles entering a specific area.

The Dundee LEZ Scheme operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, all year. Only vehicles that do not meet the minimum criteria set in the national Low Emission Zones (Emission Standards, Exemptions and Enforcement) (Scotland) Regulations 2021 will be affected.

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The initial penalty charge rate for all non-compliant vehicles entering a LEZ in Scotland is £60, reduced by 50 per cent if it is paid within 14 days. The penalty charge rate doubles with each subsequent breach of the rules detected in the same LEZ.

The rates are capped at £480 for cars and light goods vehicles, and £960 for minibuses, buses, coaches and HGVs. Any further breaches of LEZ rules by the same vehicle detected in the same LEZ once this cap is reached will result in future PCNs issued at the capped penalty charge rate.

Where there are no further breaches of the rules detected within the 90 days following a previous violation, the penalty rate will be reset to the base tier charge of £60. Enforcement will be undertaken through the use of Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) cameras, the local council has confirmed.

The rollout of the zone comes after a similar move from Glasgow. The four cities and towns in Scotland will introduce the schemes to try and clear up pollution in urban areas.