Glasgow Low Emission Zone (LEZ) Check


How does Carwow’s Glasgow LEZ check work?

Carwow’s free Glasgow Low Emissions Zone check uses your vehicle’s registration to tell you if your vehicle is compliant and whether you’ll need to pay the daily charge to drive into the LEZ.

Our tool also shows you the boundary of Glasgow’s Low Emissions Zone. You can enter an address or postcode to see if it lies within the zone.

What is the Glasgow Low Emissions Zone?

Glasgow has a Low Emissions Zone (LEZ) to help reduce the level of harmful pollution in the city centre from exhaust emissions from vehicles. It came into force in June 2023 and applies 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year. It also aims to help reduce congestion by encouraging people to use public transport, if possible.

Non-compliant vehicles with higher emissions that travel within the Low Emissions Zone will be issued with a penalty charge notice. There are some exemptions for qualifying vehicles and residents.

What vehicles are allowed to enter the Glasgow Low Emissions Zone?

All vehicles entering Glasgow’s LEZ must meet the cleaner emissions standards or pay a penalty. Motorbikes, mopeds and fully electric vehicles are exempt from Low Emissions Zone (LEZ) requirements.

The minimum emissions standards to enter the Glasgow LEZ are:

  • Euro 4 for petrol vehicles
  • Euro 6 for diesel vehicles

There are exemptions for certain types of vehicles, including:

  • Vehicles for disabled people
  • Emergency vehicles
  • Naval, Military or Air Force vehicles
  • Historic vehicles
  • Showmen’s vehicles

Glasgow Low Emissions Zone FAQs

The Glasgow LEZ covers an area of approximately one square mile of the city centre within the boundary of 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 in the LEZ.

The Glasgow Royal Infirmary is on the boundary of the Low Emissions Zone so can be accessed without entering the LEZ.

Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) cameras monitor all vehicles entering the Glasgow Low Emissions Zone. There are road signs warning vehicles ahead of the LEZ.

When a non-compliant vehicle is detected in the Low Emissions Zone, a penalty charge notice is issued to the registered keeper of the vehicle.

The penalty structure works on an escalating scale, with the first fine being £60 (reduced by 50% if paid within 14 days).

A second offence will see a penalty of £120 applied, a third £240, and a fourth £480 (this is the maximum fine). The penalty for breaches by HGVs is capped at £960. All of those penalties are reduced by 50% if paid within a fortnight.

Do note these penalties escalate regardless of whether the first fine is paid

To pay the Glasgow Low Emissions Zone charge, visit the Glasgow City Council’s website.