Exemption permits and additional incentives
Following our public consultation, we plan to give some people more time to prepare for the Clean Air Zone with short term exemptions from the zone charges, and hope to offer additional incentives to some people who would find it more difficult to make the changes.
In order to be eligible for the financial support measures detailed below, you must have been the registered keeper of the vehicle since September 10th 2018. This timeframe does not apply for exemptions or the Heavy Duty Vehicle Fund.
You will be able to apply for additional incentives and exemption permits when the applications go live from 2020 onwards.
NB You will not be eligible for the exemption if your vehicle is a commercial vehicle, a taxi or a private hire vehicle.
|2 years||No - must apply for each year||N/A|
|Individuals travelling to a registered place of work in the Clean Air Zone in a non-compliant vehicle and earning less than £30,000 per year and working for more than 21 hours a week.||1 year||No must apply||
Visitors to hospitals within the zone:
|1 year||No must collect a voucher from reception||N/A|
|Community and school transport (vans and minibuses registered as section 19 or section 22 for operation in Birmingham and not registered as a Hackney Carriage or Private Hire Vehicle)||All years||No must apply||N/A|
Vehicles with disabled or disabled passenger tax class. Please note that Blue Badge holders are not eligible for this. This is only applicable to disabled passenger vehicles in tax class 85.
Also motorcycles, show vehicles and historical vehicles.
|All years||Yes automatic||N/A|
|Specialist vehicles (e.g. emergency vehicles)||All years||N/A|
|Commercial vehicles registered within the Clean Air Zone (maximum of two vehicles)||1 year||No must apply||N/A|
|Commercial vehicles with existing finance agreement beyond commencement of the Clean Air Zone and registered within the zone.||1 year||No must apply||N/A|
Heavy Duty Vehicle Fund (Heavy Goods Vehicles and coaches)
Businesses based within the Clean Air Zone or wider Birmingham or West Midlands (depending upon their activity and frequency within the Clean Air Zone) may be able to apply for support towards purchase/ lease/ retrofit solutions to improve fleet compliance.
Businesses involved in the Road Freight Transport for Hire or Reward sector will only be able to apply for support towards retrofit solutions.
|Taxi (Hackney Carriages)||N/A||
Hackney carriage drivers will be able to apply for one of three options:
|Taxi (Private Hire Vehicles)||N/A||
Private hire vehicle drivers will be able to apply for one of three options: