THE Scottish Government is looking for public feedback on low emission zones (LEZs) as part of a new consultation.

Transport Scotland has announced the launch of the survey, with consultation to run until February 24.

It will look, in part, at the legal side of the initiative, which is intended to reduce emissions in Scotland’s biggest cities. Only vehicles that meet certain EU emission standards would be allowed in the zones, which would be designated by local authorities. Low emission zones are due to be in place in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen and Dundee by the end of next year.

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This consultation, the second so far in the process, is looking for views from the public on enforcement measures for vehicles which violate the rules, penalties and exemption.

Transport Secretary Michael Matheson said: “We know from previous consultations that there is broad support for the potential of low emission zones to protect public health and improve air quality but there are a variety of views on our proposals for how LEZs will work consistently across Scotland.

He added: “We have created the legal framework to create nationally consistent LEZs and are now consulting on regulations for substantive issues such as emission standards, exemptions, the enforcement regime and the setting of penalty charges.”

The consultation is available on the Scottish Government’s website.