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 CAZ 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 CAZ 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 CAZ. 

Short term exemptions

Following our public consultation, we plan to give some people more time to prepare for the CAZ with short term exemptions from the CAZ charges, and to offer additional support to some people who would find it more difficult to make the change away from a more polluting vehicle.

If you live in the Clean Air Zone area

If your vehicle is not CAZ compliant, and you have lived in the CAZ area since before September 2018, we are not planning to charge you to drive in the CAZ until 2022, two years after the CAZ is introduced.

We also hope to be able to offer additional incentives in the form of public transport tickets or money towards a replacement compliant vehicle.

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

If you drive to work in the Clean Air Zone area

If your vehicle is not CAZ compliant, you currently drive to a place of work in the CAZ area, and you earn less than £30,000 a year, we are not planning to charge you to drive in the CAZ until 2021, one year after the CAZ is introduced.

After the exemption period, you can access the choice of:

  • up to £1,000 mobility credit (e.g. swift travel card), or
  • £2,000 mobility package (e.g. swift travel card or contribution towards a compliant vehicle) in return for scrapping a non-compliant vehicle.

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

If you are an employer with staff who drive to or for work in Birmingham

The Business Breathes website contains lots of information to help businesses prepare their operation for the Clean Air Zone.

For people with a non-compliant vehicle, who work in the Clean Air Zone and who earn less than £30,000 per year, we are offering exemptions (by application) from CAZ charges for the first year, and additional support in the form of public transport tickets or money towards a replacement compliant vehicle.

Through the Birmingham Connected Business Travel Network and STARSfor, 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.

If you drive a specialist vehicle

There are some specialist vehicles whose engine could not be upgraded. These will be exempt from CAZ charges for at least the first year of operation:

  • Specialist emergency vehicles (ambulance, fire and police)
  • Historic vehicles (with historic tax class)
  • Military vehicles
  • Show vehicles