By 2020, business owners based in, or driving through, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Dundee will be affected by new air quality measures called Low Emission Zones (LEZs). LEZs impose a daily charge on the most polluting vehicles entering cities – and look likely to include large tracts of Scottish city centres. Here’s how Scottish small business owners can get prepared: Step 1 Checking the emissions standards of your vehicles is an important first step. This will allow firms to establish if their vehicles will be compliant with upcoming LEZs. Although it remains unknown what emission standards will be in force in Scotland, the smart money is on Euro 6 (diesel) and Euro 4 (petrol). A quick, albeit imperfect, way to check is to use this vehicle checker on Transport for London’s site. Step 2 If your vehicle(s) does not comply with Euro 6 (diesel) and Euro 4 (petrol) emission standards, purchasing or leasing new vehicles will be the most straight-forward way to comply with LEZs and avoid daily charges of around £12 (the amount payable next year for non-compliant vehicles in London). Try to buy as new as possible because they emit significantly less nitrogen oxide. Forget about CO2 emissions, too. The crucial thing to check is the Euro Emission Standard. For cars and vans, make sure it’s Euro 6 (diesel) and Euro 4 (petrol). Clearly this option comes with a hefty price tag, especially for firms heavily reliant on their vehicles and those experiencing reduced profit margins, which is why FSB is campaigning for extra financial support from the Scottish Government. However, there are other ways to minimise the costs by: Getting in touch with the experts at FSB Vehicle Services on 0345 266 5330 or FSBVehicleServices@arval.co.uk – the first port of call for FSB members Contacting the Energy Savings Trust on 020 7222 0101 or firstname.lastname@example.org to find out how technology can lower the emissions of buses and HGVs Investigating the scrappage schemes operated by car dealers Recalling that tax advantages are available for VAT-registered business and for PCPs (personal contract plans) Using the incentives on offer to buy electric and plug-in cars, courtesy of interest free loans, and charging kits Barry McCulloch is FSB’s Senior Policy Advisor This article first appeared on Insider.co.uk You may also like 17 October 2018 Green Great Britain Week: Grn Sportswear 11 October 2018 How being more FSB can enrich lives and enhance business 19 September 2018 #ThinkSelfEmployed blog: Freedom or Shackles? 20 March 2017 FSB reinvents itself with the biggest membership changes in its 40-year history 18 July 2016 FSB banking gets five star award 03 May 2016 How do we create the entrepreneurs of the future?