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Glasgow’s Low Emission Zone

If you’re planning a trip to Glasgow, you’re one of the lucky ones. We welcome hundreds of thousands of tourists every year to enjoy the best of the city including our delicious dining scene, fantastic heritage and culture and the excellent accommodation available in Glasgow. Before you add to your Glasgow Bucket List, plan how to get to the city, navigating the Low Emission Zone (LEZ) that came into effect last year. Many cars and private transportation are banned from the city centre and face fines if they enter the LEZ. Before you chance it, check with the registration checker if your vehicle meets the standards to enter.

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What is the Low Emission Zone in Glasgow?

Harmful vehicle emissions from cars and vans account for around 10% of global CO₂ emissions. Toxic air pollutants pose different risks to health depending on the specific pollutant, including contributing to the occurrence of cancer and harm to the nervous system and brain. We need to reduce the levels of harmful vehicle emissions in Glasgow City Centre, ensuring the health of future generations and the protection of our local environment. Glasgow’s LEZ was approved by Scottish Ministers on 19 May 2022 and was formally introduced on 31 May 2022. General LEZ enforcement started on 1 June 2023. All vehicles entering the city centre zone area must now meet the less-polluting emission standards or face a penalty charge.

Where is the Low Emission Zone Glasgow?

Glasgow Low Emission Zone is approximately one square mile in size. It covers an area of the city centre bounded by the M8 motorway to the north and west, the River Clyde to the south and Saltmarket/High Street to the east. The M8 motorway is not included within Glasgow’s LEZ. PREMIER SUITES Serviced Apartments in Glasgow are located on George Square, near the centre of the Low Emission Zone. We recommend guests planning to arrive by private vehicle check the website for guidance prior to entering. The zone is clearly marked with signage and monitored using high-tech automated cameras which read registration plates and monitor entries.

How Do I Avoid Charges

You cannot pay to enter the Low Emission Zone in Glasgow. If a non-compliant vehicle is detected in Glasgow’s LEZ, a Penalty Charge Notice (PCN) will be issued to the registered keeper of that vehicle. These fees range from £60 for a first offence to £480 for subsequent offences. There are some exemptions to Glasgow’s LEZ. Fully electric vehicles meet LEZ requirements in Scotland due to the low (or zero) emissions from these vehicles. Some hybrid models also meet these strict standards but it’s best to check your car’s registration on the official vehicle checker. Motorbikes and mopeds are not included in the current LEZ schemes and no restrictions apply. Permanent residents within the LEZ can apply for a grace period of exemption. Some blue badge vehicles are exempt but need to be preregistered. Vehicles registered to a residential property within the zone area have until 1 June 2024 to meet LEZ requirements. The grace period is not applied automatically and must be applied for and obtained before entering the LEZ.

Getting Around Glasgow Without a Car

When you book the right accommodation, you can enjoy Glasgow from a central location without the need for a car to get around. PREMIER SUITES Glasgow is located on the principal civic square in Glasgow, George Square, within walking distance of most popular attractions. We’re surrounded by shops, museums, restaurants, cafes, parks, pubs, bars and so much more, the ideal location for all types of travellers. Getting to and from the airport is easy with multiple forms of public transport on our doorstep. If you are taking your car with you, we have an agreement with the Q park in Jamaica Street and Sauchiehall Street for discounted parking at £8.00 per 24 hours. Our sister property PREMIER SUITES PLUS Glasgow Bath Street has limited onsite parking charged at £15.00 per night.

Book your stay at PREMIER SUITES Glasgow George Square on our website to guarantee our best available rates and exclusive access to our special offers. Our team are happy to give you maps and directions to explore Glasgow without the need for a car.

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