Older cars face ban in Edinburgh under proposals for low-emissions zone

Diesel cars that do not meet Euro 6 and petrol cars that do not meet Euro 4 standards to be banned from 2022

Older cars face ban in Edinburgh under proposals for low-emissions zone
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Older vehicles that produce higher emissions are set to be banned from the centre of Edinburgh under plans unveiled by Edinburgh City Council for a Low Emission Zone (LEZ) which would result in heavy fines for drivers who fail to comply.

From spring next year, diesel cars that do not meet Euro 6 emissions standard will be banned.

Petrol cars that do not meet Euro 4 emissions standard are also to be banned.

Older HGVs and buses will also be prohibited from the city centre.

Councillors will now vote on the proposals on 17 June.

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Officers estimate this will affect 16,000 vehicles registered in Edinburgh, mostly diesel cars.

A grace period of two years has been suggested before fine would be issued to drivers failing to comply.

The penalty charge notice will be £60 for the first transgression – but that will double for each subsequent offence within a 90-day period.

For light vehicles, such as cars, the maximum fine will be £420, and for HGVs the maximum fine will be £900.

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Lesley Macinnes, the council’s transport and environment convener, said: “A great deal of analysis and monitoring has gone into the latest proposals for a Low Emission Zone in Edinburgh.

“This takes into account the urgent need to lower emissions for the good of our health, while remaining aware of the impact on local businesses, residents and on traffic patterns.

“We know from our consultation in 2019 that lowering air pollution matters to everyone, so I look forward to hearing from the public on the preferred option, if approved by committee.”

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    Older vehicles that produce higher emissions are set to be banned from the centre of Edinburgh under plans unveiled by Edinburgh City Council for a Lo
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    Mel
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    What a load of bollocks

    #214030 Reply
    Meat-Head
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    Agree with mel

    To replace a old car with newer one will cause more damage to environment
    Making the thing if the current owners do real low miles/year

    So in theory could swap your 1.0 litre corsa from 1999 with 34,000 to a
    2015 3.0 V6 hybrid Land Rover with 150,000 miles on the clock snd because it
    Is ‘hybrid’ it’s ‘environment friendly’. When in reality batteries are dead and just runs on diesel

    #214043 Reply
    David Meredith
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    And what exactly do the councillors think will be the effect on high street businesses/employers/employee’s?
    Well, I’m waiting……..

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    Eddie Bamber
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    This is exactly the kind of thing that kills off city centre businesses in favour of out of town retail shopping parks. Insisting on trucks and buses being brand new increases costs and fares. Good luck with any building work in the city centre with your electric JCB that has to be recharged from a diesel generator.

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