Exemption permits and additional incentives

Skyline of Jewellery Quarter

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 hope to offer additional incentives to some people who would find it more difficult to make the changes. 

In order to be eligible for the financial support measures detailed below, you must have been the registered keeper of the vehicle since September 10th 2018. This timeframe does not apply for exemptions or the Heavy Duty Vehicle Fund. 

You will be able to apply for additional incentives and exemption permits when the applications go live from 2020 onwards. 

Additional incentives following public consultation

Group Exemption period

Automatic exemption?                     

Additional incentive

Residents within the zone (vehicle must be registered within the Clean Air Zone)

NB You will not be eligible for the exemption if your vehicle is a commercial vehicle, a taxi or a private hire vehicle.

2 years No - must apply for each year  N/A
Individuals travelling to a registered place of work in the Clean Air Zone in a non-compliant vehicle and earning less than £30,000 per year and working for more than 21 hours a week.   1 year No must apply


  • £2,000 package (e.g. swift travel card or contribution towards a compliant vehicle) in return for scrapping a non-compliant vehicle. Once open, the scheme will be administered in conjunction with nominated scrappage firm(s) and car dealership(s) - more details to follow in due course. 


  • After the exemption period, up to £1,000 mobility credit (e.g. swift travel card) 

Visitors to hospitals within the zone:

1 year No must collect a voucher from reception 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) All years No must apply N/A

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. 

Also motorcycles, show vehicles and historical vehicles

All years Yes automatic  N/A
Specialist vehicles (e.g. emergency vehicles) All years   N/A
Commercial vehicles registered within the Clean Air Zone (maximum of two vehicles) 1 year  No must apply N/A
Commercial vehicles with existing finance agreement beyond commencement of the Clean Air Zone and registered within the zone.  1 year  No must apply N/A

Heavy Duty Vehicle Fund (Heavy Goods Vehicles and coaches)


Businesses based within the Clean Air Zone, wider Birmingham or West Midlands (depending upon their activity and frequency within the Clean Air Zone) may be able to apply for funding which could be a mixture of purchase/lease/retrofit/relocation/exit lease costs.

Road Freight Transport for Hire or Reward Operators will only be able to apply for support towards retrofit/relocation and exit lease costs.

Taxi (Hackney Carriages) N/A  

Hackney carriage drivers will be able to apply for one of three options:

  • £5,000 (spread over four years) towards the running costs of an Ultra Low Emission Vehicle (ULEV) taxi
  • £5,000 (one off payment) towards a retrofit solution 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 will be able to 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 4 petrol or Euro 6 diesel vehicle.