Low Emission Zones

Low Emission Zones

Low emission zones are a traffic management tactic used to combat pollution and improve air quality, especially in cities. These zones discourage drivers from using high-polluting vehicles in cities to reduce overall pollution levels.

Low emission zones are designated areas where highly polluting vehicles are regulated for the purpose of improving air quality. They are the most effective measure that towns and cities can undertake to improve the level of local air pollution.

Low emission zone types

  • Prohibiting high-emission vehicles from entering these areas
  • Increasing the toll for high-emission vehicles to disincentivize road use within the area

Low emission zones are an amazing solution for expanding towns and cities that are looking to reduce the number of private cars or transition to modern electric vehicles to meet the growing demands of urbanisation. These zones help to vastly reduce the city’s dependence on motor vehicles while offering a valid and accessible alternative.

The low emission zones concept has been growing in popularity and we’re seeing an annual increase worldwide. The creation and maintenance of these zones reduces the emissions of various pollutants that cause damage to our bodies and environment.

Despite their effectiveness, low emission zones are low cost as they can be integrated into existing systems.

They can be easily implemented if the area already contains the infrastructure for toll collection or road monitoring. State of the art technologies, such as Automatic Number Plate Recognition cameras or GNSS can be used for monitoring vehicle entry into the zones as they compare vehicle data against vehicle databases. This allows for the reliable and uninterrupted operation of low emission zones. As such, most zones currently operate 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Key benefits

  • Improved air quality
  • Reduced traffic congestion and faster road travel
  • Reduced noise pollution
  • Reduced damage to roads and lowering maintenance costs

Thanks to the configurability of our systems, it is possible to set vehicle fees in accordance with the amount of pollution the vehicle produces. Higher-polluting vehicles may pay higher fees, while hybrid and electric vehicles pay lower fees or are completely exempt. Low emission zones are mainly set to affect only certain vehicles in a targeted manner in order to discourage or control the frequency of passage through the protected areas.

The most affected vehicles

  • Buses
  • Heavy Goods Vehicles
  • Vans

Priced low emission zones are a great way of generating revenue for the city in which they are implemented. This revenue can be used to further improve the infrastructure and create a better environment for its citizens.

As an additional option, cities can choose to completely ban problematic vehicles within the zone. This step allows for the creation of more walkable and accessible cities. These zones contain roads that are free for public transport, bicycle users and create a safer environment for local pedestrians.

By leveraging our substantial expertise and proficiency within the toll industry, we’ve created a collection of solutions crafted to the tackle low emission zones. These solutions encompass a variety of technologies that can be customised to align with our clients‘ specific requirements.


We tailor solutions to individual clients that meet their specific needs, local circumstances, available resources, and the environment. Our approach involves using multiple technologies and can seamlessly integrate new low emission zones technologies with existing infrastructure in certain situations. Our commitment to innovation ensures that our solutions stay at the forefront by leveraging advancements such as AI to amplify impact and efficiency.

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