Exemptions and additional support

Following our public consultation, we plan to give some people more time to prepare for the CAZ with short term exemptions from the CAZ charges, and hope to offer additional support to some people who would find it more difficult to make the changes. 

Please note that you will be able to apply for mitigations and exemptions when the applications go live from January onwards. 

Additional support following public consultation

Group Exemption period Additional incentive
Residents within the CAZ (vehicle must be registered within the CAZ) 2 years TBC
Individuals travelling into the CAZ 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:

  • Up to £1,000 mobility credit (e.g. swift travel card), or
  • £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 CAZ:

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) 1 year N/A
Vehicles with disabled or disabled passenger tax class, 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 CAZ 1 year (max 2 vehicles per company) N/A
Commercial vehicles with existing finance agreement beyond 2020, registered within Birmingham 1 year (max 2 vehicles per company) N/A
HGV and coach fleets N/A Fleet operators within the West Midlands will be able to apply for a cash payment towards retrofit technology/compliant vehicle, up to £15,000
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.