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Countdown begins to launch of Clean Air Zone


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With one month to go until Birmingham’s Clean Air Zone launch, Birmingham City Council has published the Birmingham Clean Air Zone Charging Order 2021.

This means that from 1 June 2021 onwards, vehicles that do not meet the emissions standards set out in the order will be required to pay a daily charge to drive in the Birmingham Clean Air Zone. Owners of high polluting vehicles will be charged to drive within the A4540 Middleway (but not the Middleway itself). There will be exemptions for specific vehicles, such as military, emergency and recovery vehicles for example.

The order sets out the temporary and permanent exemptions available, how the council will approach any enforcement associated with non-payment of the Clean Air Zone daily fee and how it intends to use any income generated from the zone.

Temporary exemption permits are available for:

  • people who live in the Clean Air Zone
  • businesses who store vehicles overnight within the Clean Air Zone.
  • People who live outside of the Clean Air Zone but who:
  • work more than 18 hours a week at premises within the Clean Air Zone
  • earned £30,000 or less in the tax year ending 5 April 2019
  • are the registered owner/ keeper of a non-compliant vehicle

Stephen Arnold, Head of Clean Air Zone, said: “As we move even closer to the zone’s implementation, we are urging people who have not already done so to check if they will be charged and, if eligible, apply for a temporary exemption permit or financial support.

“If you are subject to the charges, now is the time to consider your options to either pay the charge or explore alternative options to travelling by private car.”

Those eligible for a temporary exemption permit are being advised to apply with all supporting evidence by no later than 10 May 2021 to be guaranteed their exemption in time for the 1 June 2021 launch. Applications submitted after that date will still be processed, but there is no guarantee they will be approved in time for the Clean Air Zone and therefore, charges will apply. 

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Written by: David Watkins

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