Scotland has plans to install low emission zones (LEZs) in its four biggest cities: Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh and Glasgow. For example, Edinburgh will see a city-wide zone for commercial vehicles and buses and a city-centre zone for all polluting vehicles.
While the COVID-19 pandemic has delayed the installation of the LEZs, plans have been published which feature grants available to households and small businesses to support their transition to low or non-polluting vehicles and travel behaviour.
£2 million from the LEZ Mobility Fund by Transport Scotland has been allocated for these grants. Households within a 20 km range of the LEZ can use a £2,000 grant to replace a polluting vehicle. Additionally, up to two adults per household can get 'Travel Better' incentives of up to £500. The latter are directed to the purchase of bicycles, e-bikes or public transport vouchers, summing up to £1,000 per household.
Small businesses with max. 9 employees can use grants of up to £2,500 to replace their polluting vehicles with LEZ compliant ones, such as an electric vehicle or an e-cargo-bike.
Michael Matheson, Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure and Connectivity, said: “Low Emission Zones are required to protect public health and improve air quality in our city centres, but the transition in our four biggest cities must happen in a fair and a just way. The LEZ Mobility Fund will provide immediate assistance to households and businesses that are most impacted by the anticipated emission standards – and that will be enforced sometime after 2022. Through this support, we’re improving air quality in advance of the introduction of LEZs. We’re encouraging the disposal of non-compliant vehicles and responding to the climate emergency, by encouraging a shift to more sustainable forms of travel within our cities through new Travel Better vouchers.”
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Article published first at ebiketips on 25th of January 2021.