It is now less than two months until the launch of Birmingham’s Clean Air Zone – and we are running through everything you need to know.
From numbers of cameras installed to the projected revenue from the project, these are the important facts and figures involved and the advice from the council for motorists preparing for the change.
As we have previously reported, it is important to know drivers will not get a bill and must instead take responsibility for paying the charge via the Government’s website.
The CAZ remains on track to be launched on June 1, from which point “non-compliant” cars, taxis and vans the charge will be charged £8 per day, while HGVs, coaches and buses will be charged £50 per day.
A full business case from 2019 report estimates that non-compliance with the CAZ emissions standards would move from 23 per cent of car traffic to seven per cent under a charging CAZ.
This would translate to a reduction of over 40,000 non-compliant vehicles entering the CAZ and a total reduction of around 22,000 vehicles, according to the document.
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Cameras and signs
There are 67 Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) cameras in place which will play a part in the enforcement of the CAZ.
There will also be 300 signs around the CAZ – which is located inside but not including the A4540 Middle Ring Road – to inform drivers they are entering the charging area.
The council’s CAZ team has ten members of staff.
With less than two months left, it is important motorists check whether their vehicles meet emissions standards or whether they will be subject to a charge.
Drivers living and/or working within the CAZ may also qualify for exemptions – while grants are also available such as through a “scrappage scheme”.
On what drivers can do to prepare, a Birmingham City Council spokesperson said: “Birmingham remains committed to launching the Government mandated Clean Air Zone on 1 June 2021.
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“It is important to remember that charges will only apply to vehicles that do not meet the emission standards for the zone.
“We are encouraging everyone to use the online vehicle checker first to see if this charge will apply to them.
“Support is available for people who live and work in the city centre. Our teams are working hard to raise awareness of the zone coming in and are processing applications for financial support and temporary exemptions for people who live and work in the city.
“More information about the support available, including the financial incentives, can be found at www.brumbreathes.co.uk.”
The original net revenue forecast for the CAZ was £85.7 million – but the latest forecast puts net revenue at £41.1 million.
A spokesperson said: “One of the main reasons for this reduction is that the original modelling assumed a 10 year lifespan for the Clean Air Zone. This has now been adjusted to align with the projected end date for the provision of the ‘central’ services (vehicle checker, payment portal and national customer contact centre), which is 2027.”