The Birmingham Clean Air Zone (CAZ) launches at the start of June 2021.
This will have an impact on you if you drive a polluting vehicle through Birmingham City Centre.
Here is what you need to know about the changes and how an electric vehicle can help save costs.
Note: Birmingham City Council will not be charging drivers for the first two weeks of the scheme (until 14 June).
Why Clean Air Zones?
With the Government aiming for the UK to become carbon neutral by 2050, it is doing all it can to reduce emissions. One of the ways it is doing this is implementing Clean Air Zones across the UK.
There is already a Clean Air Zone in Bath, and Central London has been operating an Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) since 2019.
Where is the Birmingham Clean Air Zone?
The Birmingham Clean Air Zone will operate within the A540 Middleway, but not include the A540 Middleway.
How will it work?
The Clean Air Zone will operate 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Drivers who are affected can pay six days in advance of their visit or six days afterwards.
Vehicles will be detected going in and out of the zone using automatic number plate recognition. The onus will be on the driver to make the payment; they will not be notified that there is a charge. If they fail to pay, there will be a penalty charge.
All money raised will be reinvested in improving green transportation options in the city.
Who will be charged?
The Birmingham Clean Air Zone will be a Class D zone. This is the strictest type of zone, with a wide range of different vehicles affected.
Buses, coaches, lorries, vans, taxis and cars will all be charged if not compliant.
Cars, taxis and vans will be charged £8 a day. Coaches, buses and lorries will be charged £50 a day.
Motorcycles and mopeds are not affected at the moment, but under the Class D zone regulations, Birmingham City Council can change the law if they choose to.
Vehicles are only charged when they are in motion. This means that if you are parked in the area, you will not be charged.
There are some exemptions for residents, blue badge holders and those who work in the area. You can find out more on the Brum Breathes website.
Which vehicles are exempt?
The following types of vehicles will be exempt from the charges:
- Diesel – Euro 6 (VI) standard or better
- Petrol - Euro 4 standard or better
- Gas – Euro 6 (VI) standard or better
- Fully electric or hydrogen fuel cell
- Hybrid electric – as long as the diesel/petrol engine meets the criteria above
The Clean Air Zone in Birmingham will change how people use transport in the city, with more people turning to sustainable options like public transport and electric vehicles.
Electric vehicles are exempt from charges meaning that if you are looking to change your vehicle in the next few years, an EV could save you money.
There are grants available on electric vehicles and chargers. Birmingham City Council is offering support by providing a £2,000 grant in exchange for scrapping a non-compliant vehicle. This can be put towards a compliant vehicle or public transport costs.
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