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 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.
|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:
Visitors to hospitals within the zone:
|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.
|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:
|Taxi (Private Hire Vehicles)||N/A||
Private hire vehicle drivers can apply for one of three options: