Birmingham’s Clean Air Zone will be a class D zone, charging non-compliant buses, coaches, taxis, heavy goods vehicles (HGVs), light goods vehicles (LGVs) and private cars.
Clean Air Zone charges are based on the type of vehicle and what sort of engine it has. Engines can be sorted by fuel type (for example, petrol, diesel or electric) and by Euro standard, which defines how much pollution the engine may emit. The higher the Euro number, the cleaner the engine.
To avoid paying a charge to drive in the Clean Air Zone, your vehicle must meet the following fuel dependent criteria:
- 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
Mopeds/motorcycles will not be charged for entering the CAZ.
Here are some specialist vehicles whose engines cannot be upgraded, so will not be charged to enter the Clean Air Zone, regardless of their engine type:
- Specialist public sector emergency vehicles (ambulance, fire and police; application process to be defined)
- Historic vehicles – these are the ones that are 40 years old or over, registered as such with the DVLA.
- Military vehicles (Ministry of Defence vehicles, recorded on national database, such as tanks, not including staff’s cars)
- Show vehicles (application process to be defined)
- Disabled adapted vehicles – vehicles registered as such with the DVLA i.e. Blue badge holders are not exempted.
Birmingham City Council will offer exemptions from the CAZ charges for a few select groups of people – see here