Edinburgh's Low Emission Zone Is Now Live

Edinburgh's Low Emission Zone (LEZ) officially launched on June 1st, 2024. The LEZ covers key areas such as Princes Street, the West End, Newington, and Abbeyhill. The zone operates 24/7, 365 days a year, aiming to reduce pollution by restricting access to older, higher-emission vehicles. Here's what you need to know:

Enforcement and Penalties

  • Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) Cameras: These are used to identify non-compliant vehicles.
  • Penalties: An initial fine of £60, reduced to £30 if paid within 14 days. Repeat offenses within 90 days will see fines double up to £480 for cars and light goods vehicles, and £960 for buses and heavy goods vehicles.
  • Daily Limit: Only one penalty charge can be issued per vehicle per day.

Checking Vehicle Eligibility

  • Online Checker: Motorists can use an online tool to check if their vehicle meets the required emission standards.
  • Emission Standards: Vehicles must meet specific emissions criteria to enter the LEZ without penalty.

LEZ Boundary

  • Interactive Map: Available on the Edinburgh Council website.
  • Key Areas: From Tollcross to Palmerston Place, along Queen Street to Picardy Place, around Abbeyhill to Holyrood Road, and back via the Meadows to Tollcross.


Certain vehicles are exempt from the LEZ restrictions, including:

  • Vehicles for people with disabilities (Blue Badge holders)
  • Historic vehicles
  • Showman’s vehicles
  • Emergency vehicles
  • Military vehicles

For further details, including the full list of exemptions and to use the vehicle checker, visit the Edinburgh Council website.

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