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Birmingham clean air zone (CAZ) delayed

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 Clean Air Zones are  due to come into force in June 2021.

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:

Vehicle type Charge
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.

June 2019