This week, we moved forward in efforts to improve air quality in Glasgow's city centre. At the Environment, Sustainability and Carbon Reduction Policy Development Committee's meeting councillors gave support of plans to implement a low emission zone by the end of December 2018. Air pollution is now at the top of the council's agenda due to the efforts of environmental campaigners.
Die-in held by environmental campaigners in George Square
on Tuesday 20th March
There is still a lot of work to do to delivery this Low Emission Zone. Investment in bus retrofitting to ensure they meet Euro VI standard is critical as part of phase 1 and I have been pushing for all buses to comply by December 2020. Further debate will take place on the phase 2 which involves all other vehicles and the potential for a congestion charge. To delivery the Low Emission Zone, we still need further support from Scottish Government, Transport Scotland and the Traffic Commissioner.