- Plans to introduce a Clean Air Zone in July 2020, which will cover the most polluted area of the city, enclosed within the A4540 ring road. Due to a problem with the online government vehicle checker used to determine vehicle compliance, it is now expected that the Birmingham scheme will be introduced six months after this problem is fixed.
- Cars, taxis, private hire vehicles and LCVs that do not meet the Euro 4 (petrol) and Euro 6 (diesel) emissions standards (broadly, pre-2015 diesel and pre-2006 petrol cars and LCVs) will be charged £8 per day.
- Buses, coaches and heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) that do not meet Euro VI standards (broadly, pre-January 2015 registrations) will be charged £50 per day.
- Short-term exemptions from charges will apply to private cars and commercial vehicles registered within the zone.
- Permanent exemptions will exist for vans and minibuses registered to provide school and community transport and for vehicles in the disabled tax class.
- The fine for not paying the charge will be £120.
Clean Air Zones 2020 Update
Poor air quality is one of the biggest threats to public health that exists today. In fact, a 2016 report by the Royal College of Physicians revealed that outdoor air pollution causes around 40,000 deaths in the UK annually.
Transport is the biggest source of air pollution in the UK, according to Environmental Protection UK and many towns and cities are failing to meet national air quality objectives.
Clean air strategy
To combat the threat of air pollution, the government launched its Clean Air Strategy in January 2019 to reinforce its commitment to cutting pollution from all forms of transport for both freight and passengers.
London leading the way
As part of the Clean Air Strategy, the world’s first Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) was launched in central London last April, in an attempt to resolve the capital city’s current toxic air crisis and improve air quality.
Already, after the first six months, a 35% combined reduction in NOx and CO2 emissions from road transport in the charge zone during the day showed the significant success of these control measures. In addition to these reduced numbers, Transport for London (TfL) has also been able to reinvest >£55m from the surcharge fees back into its network.
ULEZ expansion – October 2021
From 25th October 2021 the ULEZ boundary will be extended to create a single larger zone bounded by the North and South Circular Roads.
Vehicles using the North and South Circular Roads and not going into the ULEZ will not be charged.
ULEZ Boundary Map from 25.10.2021.
As part of the goal to reduce the number of areas in the UK where air pollution breaches legal limits, a further 5 UK cities were also mandated by the Government to introduce a Clean Air Zone in order to reduce levels of nitrogen dioxide.
The list below details the measures currently planned by these 5 local authorities as they work towards ensuring their cities comply with the Government’s air pollution targets.