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No Ambition Zone

Glasgow’s Low Emission Zone

On Thursday 14 June 2018, Get Glasgow Moving and Friends of the Earth Scotland held a demonstration at Glasgow City Chambers when their City Administration Committee voted through plans for the Glasgow’s Low Emission Zone.

We dubbed their proposals a ‘No Ambition Zone’, because they covered such a tiny area of the city. The council had not taken on board our recommendations to Transport Scotland’s Low Emission Zone consultation, that the area cover the whole city including our motorways, just as London’s Low Emission Zone includes sections of the M1 and the M4.

We were also demanding that the scheme be managed by the Regional Transport Authority (SPT) so that any revenue raised could be ring-fenced and re-invested in expanding and improving public transport, and that the additional public subsidy being provided by Transport Scotland to upgrade Glasgow’s bus fleet must remain in public ownership and control by setting up of a new publicly-owned bus company for our region.