The introduction of the UK’s first Clean Air Zones is to be significantly postponed due to a Government delay in delivering digital systems required to make the zones operational and enforceable.
Both Birmingham City Council and Leeds City Council had been on track to implement Clean Air Zones on the basis that a vehicle checker tool, which is being delivered by the Government’s Joint Air Quality Unit (JAQU), would be ready by October 2019 as planned.
However, JAQU (a joint unit between DfT and DEFRA) has now confirmed that the vehicle checker will not be available until at least December 2019 — leaving just weeks before the zones were due to come into force in January 2020.
The original plans for Clean Air Zones in Birmingham and Leeds came after the Government identified that parts of each city would likely fail legal air quality levels by 2020 and instructed both local authorities to tackle air pollution as soon as possible.
What will it mean for me if I have a fare to take to Central Birmingham?
Birmingham’s Clean Air Zone will cover all the roads within the A4540 Middleway Ring Road, but not the Middleway itself
Clean Air Zone charges are based on the vehicle and not the person driving or any passengers or goods being carried. Charges depend on the type of vehicle (eg car, bus, lorry, taxi) and what sort of engine it has.
To avoid paying to drive in the Clean Air Zone your vehicle will need to meet certain criteria, depending on the fuel type:
- Diesel – Euro 6 (VI) standard or better (most new registrations after 1 September 2015)
- Petrol or LPG added to original petrol engine – Euro 4 standard or better (most new registrations after 1 January 2006)
- Gas – Euro 6 (VI) standard or better
- Fully electric or hydrogen fuel cell – all are compliant and avoid CAZ charges
- Hybrid electric – the diesel/petrol engine must meet the relevant criteria above
If your vehicle does not meet one of the above criteria, the daily charge to drive in the CAZ will be:
|Cars, Taxis (Hackney Carriages & Private Hire), LGVs||£8 per day|
|HGVs, coaches and buses||£50 per day|
There is no charge for motorcycles, mopeds or scooters to drive in the CAZ.