I write to address concerns raised about historic vehicles and their owners being impacted by the proposed low emissions zones being implemented in Scotland’s major cities.
The SNP Scottish Government have a vision for Scotland to have the cleanest air in Europe, a position which is only further strengthened by the recent announcement of a state of climate emergency.
One way of achieving this goal, is through the introduction of low emissions zones. These zones will help to regulate the level of carbon emissions generated through transportation and will help to make our transit system cleaner, greener, and overall healthier for those who live and work in Scotland’s cities.
I can confirm that the Scottish Government will consider historic vehicles as part of the development of regulations for the section of the Transport (Scotland) Bill which deals with Low Emissions Zones. Full details of the exemptions will be laid out within the accompanying regulations as opposed to the Transport Bill itself.
In the process of developing regulations in relation to Low Emission Zones, the Scottish Government will be considering historic vehicles and their owners.
I hope you will continue to follow the progress of the Bill as it enters stage 2, and that the regulations which are developed to determine any exemptions for historic vehicles are satisfactory.