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Birmingham clean air zone: Everything you need to know!


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Key Points

  • £8 charge per day for non-compliant low emission cars
  • £50 per day for heavier vehicles including bus, coaches and vehicles over 3.5 tonne
  • Operating 24 hours a day, 365 days a year- including bank holidays
  • Postponed from January 2020 to June 2021 due to COVID-19

Birmingham clean air zone (CAZ) will come into force on 1st June 2021 meaning that drivers of high-polluting cars will be charged £8 a day to travel into Birmingham city centre.

In 2017 The European Commission warned Birmingham of a £60m fine if it didn’t clean the city’s air by 2020. The plans for the zone were approved in 2019 but due to technology issues and COVID-19 pandemic, the zone was delayed from January 2020 to June 2021.

Motorists driving into Birmingham clean air zone in the first 2 weeks of the zone going live won’t be charged, this is to give time to those going into the clean air zone time to adjust to registering their vehicles. Charges apply 14th June 2021.

How much will this cost?

The charges for the Birmingham clean air zone will be:

  • £8 per day for non-compliant cars, taxis (hackney carriages and private hire), LGVs and minibuses (all vehicles up to and including 3.5 tonne)
  • £50 per day for heavier vehicles such as HGV (vehicles over 3.5 tonnes), buses and coaches

If you are unsure if you need to pay the Birmingham clean air zone charges or unsure how much you should pay, click here to input your vehicles registration details to find out.

The scheme will be running 24 hours a day, 365 days a year including bank holidays. It means that if a driver enters the zone at 11pm and leaves after midnight, they will have to pay the charge twice.

Which vehicles will be affected by the Birmingham Clean Air Zone?

Any driver of a pre-Euro 4 petrol vehicle will have to pay the CAZ charges. Generally, those petrol vehicles registered with the DVLA after 1st January 2006 will meet the CAZ.

Any driver of a diesel vehicle not compliant to pre-Euro 6 emission standards will have to pay the CAZ charges. Those diesel vehicles which meet the emission standards typically will be registered with the DVLA after 1st September 2015.

Check the table below as a guide to showing which vehicles obey with the emission standards. Or click here for a quick check to see if your petrol or diesel vehicle complies with the emission standards.

Which vehicles are exempt of the zone’s charges?

There will be some vehicles exempt from paying the Birmingham clean air zone charges. Charges will not be applied to vans or minibuses registered to providing school and community transport, recovery vehicles, emergency service vehicles, historic and military vehicles and for vehicles with disabled tax class.

There are additional exemptions set out where charges will not be applied:

  • for one year for commercial vehicles registered within the zone, up to a maximum of two vehicles per company
  • for one year for commercial vehicles registered in Birmingham travelling into the zone with “existing finance agreement beyond 2020”
  • For two years for private cars registered within the Birmingham clean air zone
  • For one year for people travelling into the zone for work if they are earning less than £30,000 a year
  • For one year for visitors travelling to Birmingham children’s hospital

Will I be fined if I don’t pay the Birmingham clean air zone charges?

For those who don’t comply with the clean air zone charges will face a £120 fine (reduced to £60 if paid within 14 days) if they don’t pay the correct charges. The zone will be enforced with automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) cameras to track those ineligible vehicles who fail to pay.

LEVL solution to avoid Birmingham clean air zone charges

LEVL can help your fleet avoid the Birmingham and any other clean air zones around the UK, click here to view our end-to-end transition.

So, if you don’t want to pay £56 per week per vehicle (under 3.5 tonnes) then our solution might be exactly what you are looking for.

The reason behind the clean air zone is to improve air quality in Birmingham to help improve health and reduce illness and death from pollution by encouraging a switch to a greener approach to travel in and around Birmingham city centre.

What is the greenest and cleanest way to travel?

Going electric! Electric vehicles (EV) are the greenest mode of transport, and we offer an end-to-end solution to transition your petrol and diesel (ICE) vehicles to full electric and help you to avoid any clean air zone charge!

How it works

Install Geotab telematics into your ICE vehicles for a 3-month period. From this the Geotab device will track your vehicles driving data and provide an EVSA (electric vehicle suitability assessment). The EVSA will provide recommendations on which vehicles in your fleet are suitable to transition to electric based on each vehicles distinct driving patterns. The best fit analysis on the Geotab platform will identify which electric vehicles in the market are the most suitable to replace the current ICE vehicles in your fleet. The analysis includes vehicle type, range capability and projected savings.

So, if your fleet will be entering the Birmingham clean air zone regularly why not transition to EV and avoid the high chargers which are set to start on 14th June 2021!

For more information on how to start your EV journey, click below and get in touch today!

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