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By-election statement from the Glasgow LEZ Fightback team

The humiliating result for Humza Yousaf at the Rutherglen by-election should send a very clear message to the SNP-Green administration at Glasgow City Council.

The raft of anti-motorist policies including LEZ, congestion zone charges and parking permit increases for owners of older vehicles allied extreme Holyrood policies on a whole raft of issues proves that Glasgow councillors are tone deaf to the everyday needs of their constituents and businesses.

On the LEZ issue, which will come to court soon, it is bad enough that the council and their Green zealots are pursuing very unpopular ideological policies but to compound this they insist on producing data that is clearly untrue and has been totally discredited by international experts and former employees of SEPA (Scottish Environment Protection Agency).

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Glasgow’s businesses are leading a backlash against the city's hugely detrimental and redundant Low Emission Zone (LEZ).

The scheme, which bans non-compliant older petrol and diesel cars from entering the city, is being enforced by Glasgow City Council despite data showing Glasgow’s emissions already meet the objectives set out by Air Quality Scotland.


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An independent air quality review found that buses had been the biggest contributor to emissions, but since 2022 Glasgow’s entire bus fleet has been compliant. The data that the council are relying on to proceed with Phase 2 is over half a decade out of date.

Now that we know that the health benefits gained by low emissions have been achieved and surpassed, this scheme stands to do nothing but detriment the people of Glasgow and those wishing to visit it.

Many businesses and people across the city are suffering.

Glasgow City Council's own Impact assessments show that Phase 2 will:
  • Disproportionately affect those on lower incomes
  • Disproportionately affect those with special care needs
  • Disproportionately affect those with disabilities
  • Disproportionately affect the elderly
  • Fuel the poverty-related attainment gap
  • Fuel inequality in general
  • Isolate communities within the LEZ
  • Have huge economic impacts on businesses operating within and outside the LEZ
  • Disrupt supply chain

We have already achieved the clean air that everyone needs to live a healthy life, so why is council actively punishing the people of Glasgow for something we no longer need? There is zero benefit.

Prior to enforcement we made multiple attempts to engage with Glasgow City Council. Unfortunately, they refused to engage.

William Paton, who runs a 60-year-old local business Patons Accident Repair Centre in Glasgow's Townhead, is leading the campaign. He has been given the green light by Lady Poole to start a legal challenge against the scheme. A procedural hearing has been scheduled for 8 September and a judicial review is set to take place on 17 October.

We need all the help we can get. All donations will go towards getting the best possible legal minds to prepare the case. Any surplus funds will be donated to the charities that have been disproportionately affected by the scheme.

Similar schemes are being pushed with incorrect data in Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Dundee. Should we be successful, it could have ramifications across the country.

Media coverage – w/c 16.10.2023

The Times
Glasgow city council ‘acted unlawfully’ over LEZ scheme

The Telegraph
Glasgow Ulez-style scheme was brought in despite decline in air pollution, court hears

Daily Mail
Council acted illegally with 'draconian' older car ban, court told at start of legal challenge

Scottish Daily Express
Glasgow LEZ in turmoil as expert rubbishes pollution statistics used to justify hated policy

Mail on Sunday
Will court put the brakes on SNP’s anti-car LEZs? (Print)

STV – inc news clip
Supreme court reviewing Scotland's Low Emission Zones

Clyde one / Greatest Hits / Planet Radio
Business owners go into battle with council over Glasgow LEZ

The Herald
Glasgow City Council acted unlawfully over LEZ, court hears

The Scotsman
Glasgow LEZ: Council chiefs had no legal justification for 'illegal' low emission zone, court told

Glasgow Times
Glasgow City Council acted unlawfully over LEZ, court hears

Glasgow World
Glasgow LEZ: Court told Glasgow low emission zone is ‘unnecessary’

Daily Business
Glasgow LEZ ‘unlawful’ and ‘unnecessary’, court hears

Legal challenge told Glasgow LEZ is 'unnecessary'

The Sun
HIT THE BRAKES - Glasgow LEZ is ‘draconian, illegal and unjustified’ court hears as business challenges controversial scheme

LEZ get ready to rumble

Glasgow Live
Outraged musicians slam Glasgow LEZ after city show cancelled due to 'ridiculous' fines

The Courier
Dundee anti-LEZ group growing and planning protests in the city

Glasgow Times
Major donor behind campaign to scrap Glasgow LEZ is revealed

The Scotsman
Lez Glasgow Drummer With Scottish Rock Band Gun Revealed As Mystery £100k Donor To LEZ Fightback Fund

Herald Scotland
Gun drummer Paul McManus joins fight against Glasgow LEZ

Donor behind campaign to scrap Glasgow's LEZ is revealed as rock band drummer

Daily Business Group
Rock musician revealed as LEZ campaign donor

The Times
Glasgow air pollution climbs despite city centre low-emission zone

Scottish Daily Mail (print)
City air quality got worse after LEZ

Daily Telegraph (print)
Pollution on the rise in Glasgow low emission zone

Mail on Sunday (print)
Pollution is worse since SNP’s LEZ scheme started

Mail on Sunday (print)
‘It’s insult to injury… LEZ is a

Scottish Daily Mail (print)
Punishing people who try to make a living

Scottish Daily Mail (letter – print)
Drivers taken for mugs

The Sun
DANGER ZONE Scotland’s first LEZ under spotlight after INCREASE in dangerous pollutants

The Telegraph
Glasgow’s strict Ulez-style scheme under fire after air pollution rises 10 per cent

Yahoo News
Glasgow’s strict Ulez-style scheme under fire after air pollution rises 10 per cent

The Telegraph
London’s Ulez is softer than Glasgow’s draconian clean air zone, says billionaire

Energy Portal
Increased Pollutants in Glasgow’s Bloodstream Despite Low Emission Zone

Edinburgh Evening News (print)
Threat to LEZ plans in City

The Scotsman
LEZ Glasgow: Judge gives green light for court challenge against Scottish ministers over fines for ‘dirty’ cars in Glasgow low-emissions zone

Scottish Daily Express
SNP-led Glasgow City Council could be forced into humiliating LEZ u-turn which includes paying back fines worth £1m

Scottish Daily Express (print)
Drivers could get £1m refunds if campaign's legal LEZ move passes

Scotland's papers: LEZ court challenge and legal profession fears

i (print)
Review of LEZ welcomed by campaigners

Scottish Business News
Glasgow LEZ Fightback boosted by 100k donation

The National
Glasgow anti-LEZ campaign gets £40,000 boost from mystery donor

Edinburgh Evening News
Edinburgh Low Emission Zone: Legal challenge to Glasgow LEZ could impact Edinburgh's plans

Scottish Daily Express
Two thirds of bar and restaurant owners say Glasgow LEZ is having huge impact on footfall

The Scotsman
LEZ Scotland: Glasgow low-emissions zone 'harming city centre nightlife', as businesses claim drop in after-hours footfall and trading down


This is Money
A fifth of drivers living in cities across Britain with clean air zones like ULEZ are forced to sell their cars and vans

Glasgow Times
Glasgow LEZ: Support Fund reopens for new applicants

Herald (print)
Secure bike storage is the latest push to encourage people to cycle in city

Secure bike storage is the latest push to encourage people to cycle in Glasgow

Thank you in advance for your support.

Kind Regards, William Paton

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