THOUSANDS of motorists face a £60 charge from today if their car is registered before certain dates.
Petrol cars before 2006 and diesel cars before 2015 are to be subject to the tax.
It is imposed in Glasgow, Scotlandas the city is the last to introduce clean air restrictions.
The new Low Emission Zone (LEZ) will mean drivers with non-compliant cars will face hefty bills.
Unlike London’s ULEZ area, where polluting cars have to pay £12.50 a day to enter, no non-compliant vehicles are allowed in the LEZ.
The penalty for entering the zone without complying with emissions standards is £60, reduced to £30 if paid early.
This fine is then doubled for each subsequent entry, up to a maximum of £480 for cars and lorries and £960 for buses and lorries. However, the rate reverts to £60 if there are no offenses within 90 days.
The rules are enforced by number plate recognition (ANPR) cameras across the city.
Glasgow is the latest major city to introduce polluting charges for drivers.
Likewise, London has the ULEZ charge, which is set to expand further over the next year, although the plans are subject to a legal challenge to ease the burden on drivers.
Blue sticker holders, motorcycles, mopeds and emergency vehicles are exempt from the fee.
However, motorists repeatedly report excessive or incorrectly calculated prices and some even receive fines from cities they have never been to.
A man has been fined 12 times totaling over £1,000 by CAZ in Bristol despite living 140 miles away.
Meanwhile, angry business owners in one London borough have claimed clean air regulations imposed by their local council are turning the area into a ghost town.
In Scotland alone, Aberdeen, Dundee and Edinburgh have also announced plans for LEZ but postponed them to 2024.