Half of Dundee driv­ers will need greener cars

POL­LU­TION: City ex­pected to in­tro­duce low-emis­sion zones by 2020

The Courier & Advertiser (Dundee Edition) - - FRONT PAGE - Paul ma­lik

Half of Dundee’s car own­ers will have to buy new ve­hi­cles if they want to travel through the city in 2020, new fig­ures have shown.

Dundee is ex­pected to in­tro­duce new lowe­mis­sion zones and more than 24,800 diesel and petrol-pow­ered cars reg­is­tered in the city fail to meet European emis­sion stan­dards.

The Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment has iden­ti­fied Dundee as one of the coun­try’s cities re­quired to in­tro­duce the zones by 2020 with the Sea­gate and Lochee Road among the most pol­luted ar­eas in Scot­land. If im­ple­mented, there would be 24-hour-a-day mon­i­tor­ing of spe­cific sites in the city in which cars fail­ing to meet the re­quired emis­sions stan­dards would be banned from en­ter­ing.

The coun­cil said it would sup­port the in­tro­duc­tion of Au­to­matic Num­ber Plate Recog­ni­tion tech­nol­ogy, sim­i­lar to the cam­era sys­tem which po­lices Lon­don’s con­ges­tion zones, if funded by the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment.

Al­most half of pri­vately-owned cars in Dundee will fail to meet strict emis­sions stan­dards to be en­forced by 2020.

More than 14,000 diesel and 10,000 petrol ve­hi­cles in the city are not com­pli­ant with European emis­sion stan­dards, ac­cord­ing to a coun­cil re­port.

The European emis­sion stan­dards mon­i­tor ni­tro­gen diox­ide lev­els from ve­hi­cle ex­hausts.

Low Emis­sion Zones, which are to be in­tro­duced in Dundee at the be­hest of the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment by the end of 2020, use European emis­sion stan­dards to set a min­i­mum manda­tory ac­cept­able level of ni­tro­gen diox­ide dis­charges.

Al­though Dundee has the fewest num­ber of pri­vately-owned cars of Scot­land’s big­gest four cities, 49.4% will not sat­isfy the re­quire­ment of ac­cept­able emis­sions.

Dundee City Coun­cil has given its sup­port for the emis­sion zones’ im­ple­men­ta­tion but said be­cause na­tional model frame­work out­puts will not be avail­able un­til early next year, no “de­fin­i­tive com­mit­ment” on in­tro­duc­ing them in the city could be given.

Labour councillor Michael Marra said the fig­ures highlight the vol­ume of work which will need to be done be­fore low

“Low­er­ing emis­sions is an ab­so­lute ne­ces­sity – cli­mate change is a threat to us all. COUNCILLOR MICHAEL MARRA

emis­sion zones can be fi­nalised in Dundee. He said: “Coun­cil of­fi­cers have been clear they need more help in im­ple­ment­ing these changes. These fig­ures show the scale of the changes which need to be put in place by 2020.

“There are par­tic­u­lar chal­lenges which will need to be ad­dressed but it is also an op­por­tu­nity for the city to take ad­van­tage of the pos­si­ble eco­nomic ben­e­fits these changes could bring.

“Low­er­ing emis­sions is an ab­so­lute ne­ces­sity – cli­mate change is a threat to us all.

“Dundee City Coun­cil has done great work de­vel­op­ing its own fleet of elec­tric ve­hi­cles and pro­vid­ing elec­tric car in­fra­struc­ture in the city al­ready but we can’t just sit back on what has been done.

“There is a chance other cities and au­thor­i­ties could steal the march we have made.

“Our con­cern is there is lit­tle en­gage­ment with the pri­vate sec­tor and other pub­lic sec­tor bod­ies and the pub­lic in gen­eral about mak­ing this shift.

“Hit­ting these high tar­gets by the end of 2020 will be dif­fi­cult, but we have to look at what is pos­si­ble from this.

“Low­er­ing emis­sions will ben­e­fit the city and is our re­spon­si­bil­ity for fu­ture gen­er­a­tions.”

The con­vener of com­mu­nity safety and pub­lic pro­tec­tion com­mit­tee, SNP councillor Alan Ross, said: “There will be a na­tion­wide low emis­sion zone work­ing group set up by the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment and at­tended by my­self, Councillor Mark Flynn from city de­vel­op­ment and our col­leagues from other lo­cal au­thor­i­ties.

“We will put for­ward Dundee’s po­si­tion and then feed back from there to the coun­cil and com­mit­tees.”

Pic­ture: Gareth Jen­nings.

Con­ges­tion and car fumes in Sea­gate, Dundee.

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