Pay the charge
How do I pay the Clean Air Zone charge?
Birmingham's Clean Air Zone went live on 1 June 2021 and from 14 June 2021, owners of the most high-polluting vehicles will be charged to drive within the A4540 Middleway (but not the Middleway itself) unless they are exempt.
The charges are:
- £8 for cars, taxis and LGVs (vans)
- £50 for coaches, buses and HGVs
You can pay online using the Government's payment system or you can call the Government's Clean Air Zone team on 0300 029 8888 for assistance. Please do not contact Birmingham City Council as we cannot process your payments.
Once the payment system goes live, you must pay during the allocated 13-day payment window which is:
- 6 days before the day you use your vehicle in the Clean Air Zone
- on the day you use your vehicle in the Clean Air Zone
- 6 days after (up to 11.59pm hours on the sixth day) you used your vehicle in the Clean Air Zone
If you do not pay within the allocate timeframe, you will receive a Penalty Charge Notice in the post of £120, reduced to £60 if paid within 14 days.
Details of how to pay the Penalty Charge Notice are available on the Birmingham City Council website.
Please note you will not receive a notification, such as a text or email to notify you that you have driven through the zone in a non-compliant vehicle and that payment is due. The onus is on you as a driver to know if your vehicle is subject to the charge, whether you have driven into the zone and when to make payment.
Businesses with multiple fleet vehicles can set up a business account to manage and process payments. However, please note there is no autopay function available and payments will need to be made manually.
DVLA Authorised Payment issue
Please be aware that when a payment shown as paid when 'authorised', banks have shown ‘authorised payment’ before a payment confirmation has been submitted by a customer.
Should a payment fail or time out, the payment has dropped back into the account. This in practice does not mean a payment has been taken, only that the bank has pre-authorised the payment.
Should you require further information on this, you would need to speak to your bank regarding how they process online transactions, as each bank can differ in their approach to this.