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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 hope to offer additional support to some people who would find it more difficult to make the change away from a more polluting vehicle.

These exemptions or extra support could be for:

  • people living in the CAZ area or working in the CAZ area and on a lower income
  • patients and visitors of key hospitals
  • businesses based in the CAZ area or operating in the CAZ
  • taxi drivers
  • community and school transport services (section 19)
  • vehicles registered with the DVLA as disabled (it is not expected that blue badge holders will automatically be exempt)

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 January 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.

Read more about what it means for citizens living within the proposed zone.

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 January 2021, one year 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.

Read more about what it means for citizens driving to work within the proposed zone.

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 hoping to offer 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.

Through the Birmingham Connected Business Travel Network and STARSfor, we can help you review the trips your organisation generates and create a simple travel plan.

Read more about what it means for employers with staff who driving to work or for work within the proposed zone.

If you drive a specialist vehicle

There are some specialist vehicles whose engine could not be upgraded, and we are expecting that the Government will exempt them from all CAZ charges in the UK:

  • Specialist emergency vehicles (ambulance, fire and police)
  • Historic vehicles
  • Military vehicles
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