What is the Clean Air Zone?

Skyline of Jewellery Quarter

A Clean Air Zone (CAZ) is an area where targeted action is taken to improve air quality, in particular by discouraging the most polluting vehicles from entering the zone. No vehicle is banned in the zone, but those which do not have clean enough engines will have to pay a daily charge if they travel within the area.

The Government has said that Birmingham needs a Clean Air Zone and that we need to reduce levels of NO2 in the air to a maximum average of 40μg/m3 as soon as possible. Once we reach that target, we want to continue to lower the amount of NO2 and particulate matter in the air as far as we can.

Location

Birmingham plans to introduce a Clean Air Zone covering all roads within the A4540 Middleway Ring Road (but not the Middleway itself) during 2020.

Map of the Clean Air Zone

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Timing

It is expected that Birmingham’s Clean Air Zone will come into operation during 2020.

It will operate 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

The charges will be applied daily. A non-compliant vehicle driving in the CAZ will pay once for the day, then may drive in the CAZ area without limit on that day.