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Birmingham’s clean air zone to start next June

Birmingham city centre

Birmingham has announced its clean air zone (CAZ) will start from June 1, 2021, having been postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The announcement comes on the same day that Bath announced it will start charging non-compliant vehicles from March 15, 2021, with the start dates of both schemes now approved by the Government.

Birmingham’s zone will cover an area of the city inside the inner ring road (A4540 Middleway) and once live will mean that the owners of non-compliant vehicles, which account for around 25% of the vehicles on Birmingham’s roads, will need to pay a daily charge to drive into or through the CAZ.

Cars, taxis and vans will pay £8 per day to drive into the CAZ in Birmingham, while HGVs, coaches and buses will be charged £50 per day.

Birmingham Council says it is providing a range of exemptions and financial incentives worth some £35 million to help residents, city centre workers and businesses prepare for the introduction of the CAZ.

Applications and expressions of interest for all of these schemes are now open with more information available at the website: BrumBreathes.co.uk.

Councillor Waseem Zaffar, cabinet member for transport and environment at Birmingham City Council, said: “We have been working closely with officials at the Joint Air Quality Unit and ministers to agree a new launch date for the government-mandated clean air zone.

“Poor air quality remains a public health risk and a clean air zone provides the city with an effective tool for tackling this issue in the shortest possible time.

“The majority of drivers on Birmingham’s roads will not need to pay the daily charge but if you do then you may be eligible for an exemption or one of the financial incentives. 

So, I would encourage everyone to check the Brum Breathes website today.  And everyone can still play a role in improving the air we all breathe by trying to reduce the number of shorter journeys we make by car every day.”

 

 

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