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Question ref. S4W-02038
Asked by: Humza Yousaf, Glasgow, Scottish National Party
Date lodged: 3 August 2011


To ask the Scottish Executive what areas of Scotland met the 2010 targets for nitrogen dioxide limits set out in the EU ambient air quality directive (2008/50/EC); when it expects the whole of Scotland to be compliant with the directive, and what action is being taken to achieve this. 

Current status: Answered by Stewart Stevenson on 18 August 2011


The Highland and Scottish Borders zones met these limit values by the end of 2010. Some areas of exceedence remain in the Central Scotland and North East Scotland zones and in the Glasgow and Edinburgh urban areas. Based on currently available information, full compliance, with the exception of one short section of road in the Glasgow urban area, is expected by 2015. The Glasgow urban area is expected to comply by 2018 upon completion of the upgrading of that section of road.

The Scottish Government, in partnership with Transport Scotland, SEPA, local authorities, the UK Government and others, is working on a range of measures to ensure full compliance as soon as possible.