What does it mean for me?

Clean Air Zone charges are based on the vehicle and not the person driving or any passengers or goods being carried. Charges depend on the type of vehicle (eg car, bus, lorry, taxi) and what sort of engine it has.

To avoid paying to drive in the Clean Air Zone your vehicle will need to meet certain criteria, depending on the fuel type:

  • Diesel – Euro 6 (VI) standard or better (most new registrations after 1 September 2015)
  • Petrol or LPG added to original petrol engine – Euro 4 standard or better (most new registrations after 1 January 2006)
  • Gas – Euro 6 (VI) standard or better
  • Fully electric or hydrogen fuel cell – all are compliant and avoid Clean Air Zone charges
  • Hybrid electric – the diesel/petrol engine must meet the relevant criteria above

If your vehicle does not meet the criteria above, you might be able to make it compliant by fitting a retrofit technology. This must be approved by the Clean Vehicle Retrofit Accreditation Scheme (CVRAS).

If your vehicle does not meet one of the above criteria, the daily charge to drive in the Clean Air Zone will be:

Vehicle type Charge
Cars, Taxis (Hackney Carriages & Private Hire), LGVs and Minibuses £8 per day
HGVs, coaches, buses £50 per day

There is no charge for motorcycles, mopeds or scooters to drive in the the zone. 

Short term exemptions

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 to offer additional financial support to some people who would find it more difficult to make the change away from a more polluting vehicle.

Please note that to apply for any financial incentives, you must have been the registered keeper of a non-compliant vehicle since before 10 September 2018. There are no conditions on the timescales for being the registered keeper when applying for exemptions or the Heavy Vehicle Duty Fund. 

If you live in the Clean Air Zone 

If your vehicle is not compliant we are not planning to charge you to drive in the zone until summer 2022, two years after the Clean Air Zone is introduced. This exemption is not automatic and must be applied for annually. 

Read more about what it means for citizens living within the proposed zone.

If you drive to work in the Clean Air Zone

If you work in the Clean Air Zone and meet all of the criteria below, we are not planning to charge you to drive in the zone until 2021, one year after the Clean Air Zone is introduced. This exemption is not automatic and must be applied for.

To be eligible you must:

  • Be the registered keeper of a non-compliant vehicle 
  • Work more than 21 hours per week at business premises situated in the Clean Air Zone
  • Have an income for the tax year ending on 5 April 2019 of no more than £30,000

If you meet all of the conditions above and have owned your non-compliant vehicle since before September 10 2018, you can also apply for a £2,000 mobility package (e.g. swift travel card or contribution towards a compliant vehicle) in return for scrapping a non-compliant vehicle

Alternatively, after the one year exemption period, you can apply for up to £1,000 mobility credit (e.g. swift travel card) subject to availability of funds. 

Read more about what it means for citizens driving to work within the proposed zone.

If you are a business based in the Clean Air Zone with non-compliant commercial vehicles

If you are a registered business within the Clean Air Zone and own non-compliant commercial vehicles, you can apply for up to two vehicles to be exempt for up to one year. If you own more than two vehicles, then the two newest non-compliant vehicles must be registered as exempt.

If you are a business with commercial vehicles that are subject to finance agreements that extend beyond the launch of the Clean Air Zone, then you can apply for them to be exempt for up to one year. There is no limit for businesses on the number of vehicles subject to finance agreements that can apply for the temporary exemptions; however, they will need to provide evidence of the agreements and prove the vehicle is regularly kept overnight in the Clean Air Zone for the primary purpose of carrying out business within the zone. 

Through the Birmingham Connected Business Travel Network and Modeshift STARS we can help you review the trips your organisation generates and create a simple travel plan.

Read more about what it means for employers with staff who driving to work or for work within the proposed zone.

Permanent exemptions

The only vehicles that will get permanent exemption from Clean Air Zone chargesare: 

  • Specialist emergency vehicles (police, fire and ambulance)
  • Mopeds/ motorcycles
  • Military vehicles 
  • 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. 

The other permanent exemptions are show vehicles and historic vehicles (with historic tax class)