FUNDING of just over £1m for vehicles to change to meet new Low Emission Zone rules has been announced.

The retrofitting fund will be for HGVs, taxis and micro businesses.

Glasgow has around 1200 taxis that need a retrofit to meet the LEZ standard and could cost £12,000 per cab.

The fund is planned to increase every year for three years, depending on uptake.

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Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure and Connectivity Michael Matheson said: “For taxi drivers, or micro-businesses which rely on their own vans to operate in Scotland’s cities, we are offering financial support which will enable them to comply with new standards on emissions to improve air quality.

Councillor Anna Richardson, City Convener for Sustainability and Carbon Reduction said: “We are determined to clean up Glasgow’s air and ensure our city centre is a healthier and more pleasant place to be.

“Our Low Emission Zone complements many of our projects and initiatives that aim to improve air quality, including those which encourage a shift toward active and sustainable travel.

“We have adopted a phased approach to implementation and by the end of 2022, the emission standards required to enter Glasgow’s LEZ will apply to all vehicles.”