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Birmingham launches Clean Air Zone in June 2021

It will cover an area of the city inside the inner ring road with owners of the most polluting vehicles required to pay a daily charge to drive into or through the zone.

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Birmingham's Clean Air Zone will cover an area of the city inside the inner ring road
Birmingham's Clean Air Zone will cover an area of the city inside the inner ring road

Birmingham’s Clean Air Zone has been approved to launch by the UK Government in June 2021.

 

It will cover an area of the city inside the inner ring road (A4540 Middleway) and once live will mean that the owners of the most polluting vehicles, which account for around 25 per cent of the vehicles on Birmingham’s roads, will need to pay a daily charge to drive into or through the zone.

 

Public health risk

 

Poor air quality remains the largest environmental risk to public health in the UK and investing in cleaner air and doing more to tackle air pollution are priorities for the government and local authorities.

 

Clean air zones aim to address all sources of pollution, including nitrogen dioxide and reduce public exposure by using a range of measures tailored to a specific location.

 

The council is providing a range of exemptions and financial incentives, with a total value of around £35m, to help residents, city centre workers and businesses prepare for the introduction of the zone.

 

Applications and expressions of interest for all of these schemes are now open with more information available at the website: BrumBreathes.co.uk.

“Poor air quality remains a public health risk and a Clean Air Zone provides the city with an effective tool for tackling this issue in the shortest possible time”

“We have been working closely with officials at the Joint Air Quality Unit and ministers to agree a new launch date for the government-mandated Clean Air Zone,” said councillor Waseem Zaffar, cabinet member for transport and environment at Birmingham City Council.

 

He added: “Poor air quality remains a public health risk and a Clean Air Zone provides the city with an effective tool for tackling this issue in the shortest possible time.

 

“The majority of drivers on Birmingham’s roads will not need to pay the daily charge but if you do then you may be eligible for an exemption or one of the financial incentives. So, I would encourage everyone to check the Brum Breathes website today. And everyone can still play a role in improving the air we all breathe by trying to reduce the number of shorter journeys we make by car every day.”

 

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