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Businesses encouraged to sign up to fleet payment demonstration ahead of launch of Birmingham’s Clean Air Zone | Birmingham City Council

Businesses encouraged to sign up to fleet payment demonstration ahead of launch of Birmingham’s Clean Air Zone

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Published: Tuesday, 30th March 2021

Businesses with vehicles that may be subject to the daily charge when Birmingham’s Clean Air Zone launches on 1 June 2021 can join a demonstration of the payment service.

On Thursday, 15 April, the Government’s Joint Air Quality Unit (JAQU) will host a free webinar with Birmingham City Council to guide businesses through the process of checking and paying for multiple vehicles using the online service.

The webinar will provide an opportunity for businesses to view a step-by-step demonstration of how to check and pay for multiple vehicles, with an opportunity to ask any questions.

Stephen Arnold, Head of Clean Air Zone at Birmingham City Council, said: “There are less than 10 weeks to go until the launch of the Clean Air Zone. And as we get closer to the 1 June go-live date, we’re encouraging businesses to get ready.

“The business account will enable fleet operators to check and pay for any UK registered vehicles that may be subject to the daily charge in Birmingham and the other Clean Air Zones around England, which are due to be introduced over the next few years. The webinar will be hosted by JAQU so will provide a great opportunity to better understand how the payment service works and what steps businesses need to take now to get themselves ready for 1 June.”

The demonstration will take place via Teams and run for an hour from 10am – 11am. It is free to attend and open to all businesses with commercial vehicles that are registered in the UK.

JAQU representatives will demonstrate how businesses can create an account; manage vehicles and view charges; add team members to help manage the account and how to pay for charges.

Raj Kandola, Head of Policy at Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce said: “As we approach 1 June 1, it’s vitally important that businesses are familiar with the payment process and how it will function before the Clean Air Zone goes live.

“With the Clean Air Zone in Bath starting earlier this month, it’s essential that businesses in our city are fully up to scratch with the process and use this session to iron out any concerns or queries they may around the process.”

Birmingham’s Clean Air Zone will go live on 1 June 2021 and charge owners of the most polluting vehicles to drive within the A4540 Middleway (but not the Middleway itself).

Businesses can check multiple vehicles and whether they will charged using the Government vehicle checker and sign up to the payment demonstration via the Brum Breathes website.