Low emission zones will be created across the country

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Diesel and older cars are set to be hit by the plans to improve air quality in Scotland

5th December 2017 by Gareth Jones 0 Comments

City centres, towns and even some villages are set to become no-go zones for diesel or older cars.

The Scottish Government has revealed the low emission zones (LEZs) that it will create across the country from 2020.

Vehicles that do not meet standards set for emissions will no longer be able to drive in the areas. The plans are set to affect hundreds of thousands of Scottish vehicles. 

A total of 38 zones will be created including Glasgow, Edinburgh, Dundee and Aberdeen city centres; East Kilbride town centre and parts of Crieff.

Transport Scotland released its Corporate Plan for 2017 to 2020 last week, confirming the strategy.

It includes phasing out petrol and diesel cars by 2032 to encourage drivers to switch to electric and hybrid cars.

A Transport Scotland spokesman said: “We’re working hard to improve Scotland’s air quality but pollution caused by road traffic is still a significant threat to health.”

Last week, environmental charities joined forces to call for strong action for the government to improve air quality across the country.