Birmingham is on a journey to cleaner air.
Pollution in the air, mainly caused by vehicles on the roads, is having a harmful effect on the health of people living, working and studying in the city.
Our population is growing, new buildings are going up, our rail and metro systems are getting bigger and faster and we have the Commonwealth Games to look forward to in 2022. All these things are great for the city and region. We want everyone to enjoy them, now and in the future. Improving air quality will mean more people, especially children, live healthier lives.
We need cleaner air as soon as possible and have already started to make positive changes. The Government expects Birmingham, and a number of other cities, to introduce Clean Air Zones.
A Clean Air Zone is an area where targeted action is taken to improve air quality, in particular by discouraging the most polluting vehicles from entering the zone. No vehicle is banned in the zone, but those which do not have clean enough engines will have to pay a daily charge if they travel within the area.
The Government has said that Birmingham needs a Clean Air Zone and that we need to reduce levels of NO2 in the air to a maximum average of 40μg/m3 as soon as possible. Once we reach that target, we want to continue to lower the amount of NO2 and particulate matter in the air as far as we can.
This was originally scheduled to go live in 2020; however, in response to the impact of Covid-19, the launch date was postponed and the zone went live on 1 June 2021.