Edinburgh takes next steps towards a polluting car ban - but Spaces for People decision is delayed - your views online

"Hope the council will buy me another car. It’s passed its MOT for low emissions, but because it’s a 2010 model it has to be taken off the road”

Saturday, 19th June 2021, 7:00 am
Edinburgh council is taking steps to ban more polluting cars

Spaces for People

Edinburgh takes next steps towards a polluting car ban - but Spaces for People decision is delayed

Lynne Harley

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Overwhelming opposition in all areas, but they (the council vandals) will not back down. Unbelievable.

Steve Aitchison

Here are two examples that highlight the gaps in their thinking - 2014 Ford Fiesta 1.6 TDCi vs 2015 Ford Fiesta 1.6 TDCi. Exactly the same engine and emissions. One banned, the other one not. 2012 Ford Fiesta 1.6 TDCi emissions 87g/km vs 2019 Porsche Cayenne 3.0 V6 petrol, emissions 265g/km. Fiesta banned but Cayenne OK to enter. The logic is totally flawed.

Henry Campbell Gillan

Possibly a waste of time and effort, since the number of vehicles that will fall into the category of high emissions are now probably comparatively few, and lessening year by year due to natural wastage and replacement.

Ken Johnston

Let's hope they can give passes to cancer patients who can't work to earn money to replace their older cars, and to do without would entail a two-hour bus trip (2 to 3 buses) to go to the Western General, have four-five hour treatment, then two hours on the bus home.

John Keating

People should get onto their local councillors before 24 June.

Michael Widdowson

Low Emission Zone? Ha, ha just a congestion charge with a different name.

Lyn Hamlett

Hope the council will buy me another car. It’s passed its MOT for low emissions, but because it’s a 2010 model it has to be taken off the road.

Stu Simpson

Another nail in the coffin for Edinburgh.

Pam Brown

Another tax attack on poor low earners. Shocking if this goes ahead, criminalising poorer drivers.

Ian Munro

They want to reduce emissions by banning older vehicles, but at the same time are increasing emissions by their ridiculous Spaces for People idea, which causes tailbacks and traffic jams.

Jorge J Figuerolas

This should be put to the public vote like the congestion charge was all those years ago. The clowncil penalising the motorist yet again, by introducing registration plate recognition to capture all those £££ in fines that they will most likely generate.

Phil Cowling

I'm not fuming, I'm just exasperated. I have two cars, one a daily driver the other for weekends and holidays. The daily is an 11 reg diesel that costs £130 to tax. The holiday car is a gas guzzler that costs £550 to tax, because of its high emissions. The daily will be fined under the LEZ rules but the holiday car won't, even though its emissions are higher. Edinburgh council, wake up.

Calum McGhie

Until the council are willing to to implement a completely integrated travel policy for all commuters there really is no point.

Tartan Army

The Tartan Army travelled to London for the Scotland-England match at Wembley last night

Kirstin Coltman

I must say I am slightly stunned by the lack of restrictions. Plane loads without masks going to support the team. Hordes of people gathering in London, a 6000 fan zone in Glasgow. Meanwhile, parents of school-aged children unable to go to any school hosting events sports days etc. Double standards at Scottish government! Get your rule book in order, Sturgeon!

Michelle Finlay

If they’d had a different strip on the coverage would be so different. The hypocrisy is astounding.

Mark Bannatyne

Alright to protest in England, but the Tartan Army can't get together - in my book that’s hypocrisy.

Laura England

I think the R number will rise after this weekend.

Ikhbar Imran

Massive well done to the Edinburgh guys that made an effort to fill two huge transit vans and dropped off food bank items at the Grenfell community hub.

Lorna Hart

I don't get it. The cases in England are rising fast... all these young supporters haven't been vaccinated and will be returning on public transport to all areas of Scotland. Prepare for the rise in Covid figures in Scotland.

Steven Robertson

I’m glad the Covid pandemic is over, hence why this behaviour is tolerated … Meantime, soft play is still closed and parents can’t attend this kids sports days.

Fiona Milne

They weren’t being violent, just enjoying themselves!