Exemption permits and additional incentives

Skyline of Jewellery Quarter

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 you must have been the registered owner of the vehicle since before September 10th 2018 and be registered to an address within the zone.

You will be able to apply for additional incentives and exemption permits when the applications go live from 2020 onwards. 

Additional incentives following public consultation

Group Exemption period Additional incentive
Residents within the zone (vehicle must be registered within the Clean Air Zone) 2 years TBC
Individuals travelling into the Clean Air Zone for work in a non-compliant vehicle and earning less than £30,000 per year 1 year

After the exemption individuals can access the choice of:


  • £2,000 package (e.g. swift travel card or contribution towards a compliant vehicle) in return for scrapping a non-compliant vehicle

Visitors to hospitals within the zone:

1 year 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 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. 0

Also motorcycles, show vehicles and historical vehicles

All years N/A
Specialist vehicles (e.g. emergency vehicles) 1 year minimum N/A
Commercial vehicles registered within the Clean Air Zone (Maximum of 2 vehicles).  1 year  N/A
Commercial vehicles with existing finance agreement beyond commencement of the Clean Air Zone and registered within the Zone.  1 year  N/A

Heavy Duty Vehicle Fund (Heavy Goods Vehicles and Coaches)


Businesses based within the Clean Air Zone or wider Birmingham or West Midlands (Commercial Trading and Frequency of Travel) may be able to apply for support towards Purchase/Lease/Retrofit.

Businesses involved in Freight Transport by Road sector will only be able to apply for support towards retrofit.

Taxi (Hackney Carriages) N/A

Black cab drivers can apply for one of three options:

  • £5,000 (spread over 4 years) towards the purchase an Ultra Low Emission Vehicle (ULEV) taxi
  • £5,000 (one off payment) towards a retrofit engine for an existing vehicle
  • Participate in a scheme to lease ULEV taxis from the fleet of 50 vehicles the council will purchase.
Taxi (Private Hire Vehicles) N/A

Private hire vehicle drivers can apply for one of three options:

  • Up to £2,500 towards the running costs of a fully electric vehicle or long-range Plug-in hybrid vehicle that is eligible for the Government’s plug in car grant
  • Up to £2,000 towards the purchase or lease of a hybrid vehicle or plug-in hybrid electric vehicle that is not eligible for the Government’s plug-in car grant and meets the Birmingham Taxi Licensing age requirements
  • £1,000 towards purchase or lease of a Euro 6 vehicle.