New car tax zone set to launch which could fine drivers up to £960 – ‘in for a real shock’

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Glasgow is set to introduce a Low Emission Zone in May, with fines and charges set to be enforced from June 2023. Other Scottish LEZs are also set to launch this year, although Aberdeen, Dundee and Edinburgh have all agreed to a two-year ‘grace period’ and won’t enforce fines on vehicles until the middle of 2024.

Glasgow City Council stated that the intention of the new LEZ scheme is for the launch to occur on May 31, 2022.

They are “committed to improving air quality by enforcing the LEZ at the earliest opportunity” and therefore have proposed a one year grace period, meaning enforcement of entry restrictions will begin on June 1, 2023.

A further grace period is proposed for vehicles registered to residents within the LEZ, reflecting their restricted options in respect of choosing to enter the LEZ.

Enforcement of entry restrictions for the vehicles which fall within this category will begin on June 1, 2024.

Diesel cars built before 2015 and petrol cars manufactured prior to 2006 are unlikely to meet the new standard in Scotland.

Brian Gregory, of the Alliance of British Drivers, said: “People in Scotland are in for a real shock when the LEZs come into force.

“Thousands of drivers who have no choice but to enter the city will need to sell their car and buy a new one or face huge fines.

“Car manufacturers must be rubbing their hands together because a huge number of perfectly good vehicles will get scrapped and replaced at a massive cost to consumers.

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“I think people are being scammed by dodgy science on this – it is just a revenue-raising tool.

“Producing thousands of new cars is not good for the environment.

“It is much better to allow people to drive their existing cars until they actually need to be replaced.

“There are also question marks over how environmentally friendly options such as electric cars are.”

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