What does it mean for me?
Following our public consultation, we plan to give some people more time to prepare for the CAZ with short term exemptions from the CAZ charges, and to offer additional support to some people who would find it more difficult to make the change away from a more polluting vehicle.
If you live in the Clean Air Zone area
If your vehicle is not CAZ compliant, and you have lived in the CAZ area since before September 2018, we are not planning to charge you to drive in the CAZ until 2022, two years after the CAZ is introduced.
We also hope to be able to offer additional incentives in the form of public transport tickets or money towards a replacement compliant vehicle.
If you drive to work in the Clean Air Zone area
If your vehicle is not CAZ compliant, you currently drive to a place of work in the CAZ area, and you earn less than £30,000 a year, we are not planning to charge you to drive in the CAZ until 2021, one year after the CAZ is introduced.
After the exemption period, you can access the choice of:
- up to £1,000 mobility credit (e.g. swift travel card), or
- £2,000 mobility package (e.g. swift travel card or contribution towards a compliant vehicle) in return for scrapping a non-compliant vehicle.
If you are an employer with staff who drive to or for work in Birmingham
The Business Breathes website contains lots of information to help businesses prepare their operation for the Clean Air Zone.
For people with a non-compliant vehicle, who work in the Clean Air Zone and who earn less than £30,000 per year, we are offering exemptions (by application) from CAZ charges for the first year, and additional support in the form of public transport tickets or money towards a replacement compliant vehicle.
If you drive a specialist vehicle
There are some specialist vehicles whose engine could not be upgraded. These will be exempt from CAZ charges for at least the first year of operation:
- Specialist emergency vehicles (ambulance, fire and police)
- Historic vehicles (with historic tax class)
- Military vehicles
- Show vehicles