Charges are live for Birmingham's Clean Air Zone

Charges now apply for non-compliant vehicles which drive through Birmingham's Clean Air Zone. Payment must be made within the allocated timeframe or a Penalty Charge Notice will be issued. Find out how to pay the charge

Clean Air Zones and air pollution

UK Clean Air Zones

The Government has instructed local authorities across the UK with implementing Clean Air Zones to improve air quality. Unlike a congestion charge, which charges every single vehicle to pass through a certain area, Clean Air Zones will only charge the most high-polluting vehicles to drive within the boundary.

Each local authority will choose which category Clean Air Zone to implement, the associated charges and the boundaries for the zone.

There are four different Clean Air Zone categories that local authorities can choose to implement:

  • Category A: Buses, coaches, taxis and private hire vehicles
  • Category B: Buses, coaches, taxis, private hire vehicles and heavy goods vehicles
  • Category C: Buses, coaches, taxis, private hire vehicles, heavy goods vehicles, vans and minibuses
  • Category D: Buses, coaches, taxis, private hire vehicles, heavy goods vehicles, vans, minibuses and private cars. Local authorities can also decide whether to include motorcycles.

Birmingham has chosen to implement a Category D Clean Air Zone but will not include motorcycles.