one glance at the blackened stonework of the Scott Monument tells you that Edinburgh has an air pollution problem.
That might not be the most scientific measure of the health impact car fumes, but the medical research is there - and it makes for grim reading. The Scottish Government’s solution of low emission zones has to be welcomed, although many diesel car owners will feel hard done too, with some justification.
The plan will effectively ban most of the diesel cars that are currently on the road from the city centre. Automatic fines - likely to be around £20 - policed by numberplate cameras will mean car owners affected will avoid the city centre or sell up and buy a new vehicle.
The result will almost certainly be a fast phasing out of the most polluting cars. That can’t happen quickly enough when you think about the health benefits. In fact there should be more of these zones rather than just in the city centre.
There will be sypmathy though for the many drivers who followed Government advice and bought diesel a couple of years ago, believing it was the ‘green’ option for car owners, only to see the value of their vehicles plumetting today.