Date lodged: 24 January 2017
To ask the Scottish Government what the timetable is for creating low-emission zones across the country.
Answered by: Humza Yousaf 6 February 2017
The Scottish Government is engaging with local authorities and other key stakeholders to identify an early adopter to apply an interim National Low Emission Framework (NLEF) approach to put in place Scotland’s first low-emission zone by 2018. A number of local authorities have already expressed an interest in their Local Air Quality Management 2016 report to explore the feasibility of a low-emission zone.
The Scottish Government provided funding to collect National Modelling Framework (NMF) traffic data for Glasgow and Edinburgh in 2016, with similar data to be collected for Aberdeen and Dundee in early 2017. Informed by the NMF outputs, local authorities will use the final NLEF appraisal process during late 2017 to both identify the most appropriate location(s) for a LEZ, and underpin a Traffic Regulation Order to support LEZ enforcement.