Charges now 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

Commercial vehicles with existing finance agreements

If you have finance agreements on commercial vehicles that extend beyond the start date of the Clean Air Zone and meet one of the following criteria, you could apply for a temporary exemption permit

  • Are a company based at an address within the Clean Air Zone
  • Keep or store vehicles overnight at an address within the Clean Air Zone

If your vehicle is not subject to the charges, you do not need to apply or take any action.

There are no limits as to how many vehicles you can register for a temporary exemption, but you will need to submit an individual application and supporting evidence for each vehicle.

These exemptions are available for up to one year (12 months) from the launch of the Clean Air Zone (not from the date you apply), and will allow the vehicle(s) covered by these exemptions to drive through the zone without having to pay the daily charge.

How do I apply?

In order to prove your eligibility for the commercial vehicle finance agreement exemption permit you will need to provide the following:

Proof of financial agreement:

For each vehicle you are seeking an exemption for you will need to provide one of the following:

  • Lease agreement
  • Finance agreement

Business details:

For each vehicle you will need to provide one of the following:

  • Registered name and address on company letterhead paper
  • Companies house registration or VAT registration number
  • Keep or store vehicles overnight at an address within the Clean Air Zone

Or in the case of a sole trader one of the following:

  • Tax return
  • Business insurance
  • Liability insurance
  • Membership certification from Federation of Small Business (FSB)
  • Business bank account statement
  • A letter from accountant or solicitor confirming sole trader status (dated in last three months)

What do I do next?

If you believe you meet the eligibility criteria for a financial agreement temporary exemption permit, you should submit an application with your supporting evidence today.

We will confirm whether or not your application has been successful before the launch of the Clean Air Zone.

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