Birmingham City Council has proposed a charging Clean Air Zone which would encompass all roads within the A4540 Middleway ring road. The daily charge would be between £50 and £100 for HGVs and £12.50 for vans. Points of note regarding the Birmingham CAZ include:
- A one-year exemption for HGVs, vans and coaches owned by firms within the CAZ (up to two per business) and commercial vehicles covered by existing finance agreements
- A leasing scheme for low emission black cabs or grant to help cabbies convert to cleaner LPG fuel
A website has been launched to help fleet operators and self-employed drivers prepare for the implementation of the CAZ. This can be accessed here.
The below video has been produced by Birmingham Council to explain Clean Air Zones:
The map below (courtesy of Birmingham City Council) shows the proposed zone, with colours indicating the concentration of pollution (reds and yellows indicating the worst polluted areas).
The consultation on the proposals has now closed (as of 17th August), though the consultation document can be viewed here. Birmingham City Council is also proposing several other schemes to combat air pollution, the timeline of which can be seen below.