Aberdeen's Low Emission Zone - Let's clear the air

Funding to help get ready for aberdeen’s low emission zone

Stuart SmithNews

Up to £3,000 can be claimed by eligible residents and businesses

Households and businesses whose vehicles do not comply with the Low Emission Zone (LEZ) standards are being encouraged to apply for funding to ease the cost of switching to more sustainable transport.

Transport Scotland’s Low Emission Zone Support Fund, administered by Energy Saving Trust, has opened for applications.

The fund offers up to £3,000 for low-income households close to the LEZ and grants of £2,000 to sole traders and micro businesses

Up to £2,000 is available for eligible households, who must dispose of their vehicle at a Scottish authorised treatment facility. These include garages across the city and shire in Fettercairn, Kintore, Fraserburgh, Peterhead, Huntly, Dyce and East Tullos. A full list can be found here: https://www.sepa.org.uk/regulations/waste/end-of-life-vehicles/.

Travel Better grants of up to £500 will also be made available if motorists successfully claim the low emission zone support fund and choose to move towards sustainable travel modes.

Up to two adults in a household may be eligible for reimbursement of up to £500 each, up to a maximum total of £1,000. Alternatively, households may be eligible to request the full £1,000 to fund a bicycle.

Sole traders and small businesses with fewer than ten full-time employees can apply for grants of £2,000.

The funding is being made available ahead of Aberdeen’s LEZ coming into force on Saturday, June 1, with drivers of vehicles which are not compliant facing fines if they enter the LEZ area after that date.

In line with Scottish Government policy and low emission zones in Dundee, Edinburgh and Glasgow, Aberdeen’s LEZ is being introduced to reduce the serious health risks by improving air quality in the city centre.

The Let’s Clear the Air campaign has been developed in partnership with Aberdeen City Council and Getabout to clearly communicate what and where the LEZ is, why it is being introduced and what motorists should do ahead of enforcement.

A spokesperson for the campaign said: “With under two weeks to go until enforcement, we’re urging all residents and visitors to Aberdeen to check if their vehicle is likely to be allowed entry to a low emission zone, and if not, consider whether they are eligible for funding support.

“It’s important that everyone is aware that even if their vehicle cannot be driven in the LEZ, the city centre is still accessible. 

“Blue badge holders, emergency and specialist vehicles are exempt from LEZ restrictions. Clearly marked routes, on the Get About website, show how drivers of non-compliant vehicles can navigate round the city and are still able to access 10 out of the 14 city centre car parks.”  

To check eligibility and request an application form, visit https://energysavingtrust.org.uk/grants-and-loans/low-emission-zone-support-fund-for-businesses/

For more information and to find out more about the Let’s Clear the Air campaign, visit www.getabout.org.uk