Glasgow City Council has spent almost £100,000 to hire vehicles to replace parts of its fleet that do not comply with its low-emission zone (LEZ).

Figures also reveal the council was fined several times because its vehicles breached the rules.

The LEZ launched in June in a bid to improve air quality in the city centre.

The SNP-run council said the cost was mitigated by taking older vehicles out of service. The Tories said the rental outlay was “farcical”.

The LEZ covers an area from the M8 motorway to the north and west of Glasgow, the River Clyde to the south, and the Saltmarket/High Street to the east.

In response to a freedom of information request, the council said that between 12 June and 14 July it had spent £95,344 hiring 131 vehicles to cover fleet vehicles that do not meet LEZ standards.

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