Edinburgh West MP, Christine Jardine, has today accused Edinburgh City Council of “shocking excuse for leadership” after long awaited plans for a Low Emissions Zone (LEZ) were revealed at the weekend.
The proposals – due to be formally adopted on Thursday - would introduce a full LEZ in the city centre only, where the most polluting cars will be charged a levy to enter. There would be another city-wide zone which would only apply to buses, coaches and commercial vehicles.
This means that cars in some of the most polluted areas of the city would be exempt from the rules, and pollution-emitting vehicles will still be able to sit in queues along St. John’s Road, Queensferry Road, and other hotspots across wider Edinburgh.
Following publication of the proposals, Ms Jardine said:
“I am appalled and astonished that two of Scotland’s most polluted roads will be exempt from any meaningful pollution tackling measures.
“Instead of finally resolving a decades-old problem, the Council’s proposals will concentrate even more pollution spewing cars along streets such as St John’s Road and Queensferry Road.
“People constantly come into my office to tell me about the breathing problems they experience as a result of the traffic here in the west of the city, and I’m sure that they will share my immense sense of disappointment with these plans.
“These proposals are simply a shocking excuse for leadership from the Council, and it’s time they stopped paying lip service to the environment and actually cleaned up our air.”