Powers designed to ensure the most polluting vehicles are taken off the road are not being used in most of Scotland’s big cities.

A BBC Scotland investigation has found only 13 of the country’s 32 local authorities carry out roadside emissions testing.

And that is more than a decade since the powers were introduced.

Glasgow tests about 3,000 vehicles a year but other large councils such as Dundee and Aberdeen do not test at all.

Edinburgh, which has some of Scotland’s most polluted streets, has never tested – despite having the power to do so.
The councils that hold testing powers under the Road Traffic (Vehicle Emissions) (Fixed Penalty) (Scotland) Regulations of 2003

  • Edinburgh
  • East Dunbartonshire
  • East Lothian
  • East Renfrewshire
  • Falkirk
  • Glasgow
  • Midlothian
  • North Lanarkshire
  • Renfrewshire
  • South Ayrshire
  • South Lanarkshire
  • West Dunbartonshire
  • West Lothian

Drivers can be issued with fixed penalty notices if they fail the tests.

The fine will be waived if drivers have the emissions defect fixed before completing an MoT inspection within two weeks.

The tests are carried out on diesel vehicles by asking drivers to rev their engines and in petrol vehicles, sample probes are inserted into exhaust tailpipes.

The figures emerged following Freedom of Information requests for BBC Scotland’s documentary ‘Car Sick’, which examines the issue of air pollution.

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