The delayed Birmingham Clean Air Zone will launch on 1st June 2021. This will mean a daily charge for those driving their vehicles in the new zone, and is likely to affect local businesses with commercial vehicles in the area.
To help businesses prepare, the government in partnership with the Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce are running a free webinar on 27th April. The one-hour webinar will be run on Microsoft Teams and start at 10:30, so you might want to squeeze it into your morning if you can.
The webinar is free of charge, so all you need to do is book your place.
As Birmingham’s Clean Air Zone will be launched in less than six weeks, the free webinar will be a handy way to familiarise yourself with what the new Zone will mean if you’ve got commercial vehicles on the road.
The webinar will cover topics like:
- How to create a business account
- Uploading fleet details
- Step-by-step demonstration of the payment system and adding your payment info or account managers
- Using the online portal
- Chance to ask the Joint Air Quality Unit (JAQU) questions about the Clean Air Zone
The new Zone will charge owners of high-pollution vehicles driving within the A4540 Middleway – but it won’t charge vehicles on the Middleway itself. To find out if your vehicles meet the emissions standards to avoid the charge, use the government service here.
To see the full details of where the Zone will operate, you can take a look at the government website here.
What types of Clean Air Zone are there?
There are four types of Clean Air Zone, listed by GOV.UK as:
- Class A: Buses, coaches, taxis, private hire vehicles
- Class B: Buses, coaches, taxis, private hire vehicles, heavy goods vehicles
- Class C: Buses, coaches, taxis, private hire vehicles, heavy goods vehicles, vans, minibuses
- Class D: Buses, coaches, taxis, private hire vehicles, heavy goods vehicles, vans, minibuses, cars, the local authority has the option to include motorcycles
Birmingham will have a Class D zone, which is about as heavy as it gets. But Birmingham isn’t the only city with a new Zone being introduced. Bath has recently had a Class C Zone put in place, and it looks like Bristol is on the cards for a Class D zone in October this year, too.
The new Clean Air Zones are part of a wider plan to reduce our carbon emissions in the UK, and goes alongside the new E10 fuel coming out in September, as well as the plans to only produce electric cars by 2030.
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