Almost 100 drivers a day have been fined for entering Glasgow’s Low Emission Zone in the first month.

Figures from the council show that in June there were 2922 Penalty Charge Notices issued for cars being driven into the LEZ.

The penalty for breaching the zone is £60, meaning - once the cash is collected -the council will have brought in £175,320 in fines.

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Enforcement of phase two of the LEZ scheme started on June 1 after it has been in place for buses since 2018.

The zone is the city centre with the boundary being the River Clyde to the south, Saltmarket/High Street, to the east and the M8 to the north and west.

It means petrol vehicles that are not Euro 4 and diesel vehicles not Euro 6 are not allowed in the zone.

In general terms, diesel vehicles registered after September 2015, and petrol vehicles registered from 2006 onwards will meet the required LEZ standards.

From this month fines will double with each breach up to £480 but in June only one fine was issued per car.

The council said this was to allow drivers whose vehicles did not comply to be fully aware of the scheme.

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A spokesperson for the council said: “To allow for a period of familiarisation, non-compliant vehicles detected in Glasgow’s Low Emission Zone received a maximum of one penalty charge notice during the zone’s first month of operation, June 2023. 

“Surcharging, which allows the penalty amount to double for subsequent LEZ breaches, started in July and will begin after the first charge notice can be expected to have been received by the vehicle’s registered keeper.

“Glasgow’s plan to phase in a Low Emission Zone was announced in 2018 to address decades of harmful air pollution in the city centre.

“Since then there has been extensive communications and engagement to raise awareness of the scheme, its timescale for introduction and the availability of funding to support compliance.  

“While up to 90% of vehicles currently entering the city centre will be unaffected, LEZ standards will address the most polluting vehicles which are disproportionately creating the harmful concentrations of air pollution in the city centre.”