The Low Emission Zones (LEZ) costs: FOI release

Information request and response under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002.

Information requested

The information on the costs for Low Emission Zones including any costs to date, and estimated running costs per year please. ie. to request any update (up to today’s date) on the information supplied in FOI ref 202300375367.


The answer to your question is:

Following on from the previous correspondence dated 02 October 2023 (Case Reference 202300375367), further capital grants of £2,169,926 have been awarded to bus and coach operators to upgrade their vehicles to Euro VI (6) standards through the Bus Emission Abatement Retrofit fund.

The LEZ Support Fund, administered since 2020 by the Energy Saving Trust, has spent a further £2,350,760 to help lower income households and smaller businesses adapt to LEZs by disposing or retrofitting vehicles.

Since the last correspondence, an additional £52,892 has been spent on LEZ communications and marketing.

Since the last correspondence, an additional £45,499.98 has been paid to local authorities through LEZ grant funding so far in 2023/24.

The most recent estimated running costs provided by the local authorities are as follows*:

City of Edinburgh Council - £440,000 - £580,000
Dundee City Council - £230,000
Aberdeen City Council - £290,000
Glasgow City Council - £366,681

*Please note the actual cost will be offset by income from Penalty Charge Notices.
**All totals exclude VAT.

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