Supreme court reviewing Scotland's first Low Emission Zone

Campaigners will challenge the scheme, which imposes fines on the most-polluting vehicles entering restricted city areas.

A judicial review of Scotland’s first Low Emission Zone is to begin at the Court of Session in Edinburgh.

The scheme imposes penalty charges on the most-polluting vehicles entering restricted areas in a bid to reduce air pollution and was introduced in Glasgow in June.

But campaigners, including a car repair firm which has operated in the city for over 60 years, have challenged the legislation, presenting a study of air quality data which indicates targets have already been met.

Zones are also set to be introduced in Dundee, Aberdeen and Edinburgh next year.

The substantive hearings over the Scottish Government’s Low Emission Zone scheme are due to call on Tuesday, October 17 and Wednesday, October 18 at 10am. Proceedings are expected to take two full days.

Lord Davidson of Glen Cova is instructed as Senior Counsel and Tim Young, Advocate, instructed as Junior Counsel.

The Low Emissions Zone covers almost the entirety of Glasgow's city centre.STV News

Lady Poole will hear the Petition.

The introduction of the zone comes after Glasgow City Council said “nitrogen dioxide levels recorded in the city centre” do not meet legal requirements – making the LEZ “an essential measure to improve air quality and help protect public health”.

A council spokeswoman said: “The council is satisfied that it correctly assessed available air quality data when taking the decision to implement the second phase of Glasgow’s Low Emission Zone, and as we have said previously, the legal action will be vigorously contested.”

The hearing will take place at the Court of Session, Parliament House in Edinburgh’s Parliament Square.

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