Brum Breathes Update- May 2020

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#brumbreathes - Birmingham's journey to clean air

18 May 2020

Here is your Brum Breathes Update For May

Welcome to your latest updates from Brum Breathes. 

The Clean Air Zone

Despite the announcement that the Clean Air Zone has been postponed due to COVID-19, a lot of work is still taking place in preparation for a launch in 2021, with the extra time being used to speed up the delivery of schemes to support alternative travel options.

Emergency Birmingham Transport Plan 

The Emergency Birmingham Transport Plan, sets out plans for a wide range of emergency measures to support walking, cycling and public transport throughout the city, in light of the impact of COVID-19. 

Read the plan

Meeting the demand for Workplace Travel Plans 

On Wednesday, 20 May, join our Travel Demand Management Team for a webinar on Workplace Travel Plans; what are they? And why now? 

The webinar will look at why now is a good time to create a Travel Plan, highlighting some of the measures you can put in place to support staff working at home or returning to the workplace and what the Council is doing to enable a low-carbon recovery from lockdown. Following the webinar, we will support businesses and organisations in creating a travel plan using the online platform, Modeshift STARS

Coming soon: the Heavy Duty Vehicle Fund (HDV) 

A £10.05 million Heavy Duty Vehicle (HDV) Fund will soon be available to support SMEs to help them meet the required Euro Standards for commercial vehicles.

Funding will be capped and subject to eligibility and will be administered in accordance with De minimis State Aid Regulations. More information is available on the website.  

The final word… 

Cllr Waseem Zaffar, the council’s lead member for Transport and the Environment has published a blog looking at the impact of lockdown on air quality.

Read the blog

Scrappage scheme update 

We have now gone out to tender for a scrappage scheme provider(s) who will support people working in the Clean Air Zone who want to upgrade from a polluting vehicle to a compliant vehicle. To be eligible for the scrappage scheme you should meet all of the below criteria:  

  • Have been the registered owner/ keeper of a non-compliant vehicle since before 10 September 2018  
  • Work at least 21 hours a week at a registered place of employment within the Clean Air Zone  
  • Earn less than £30,000 a year  

The scrappage scheme will enable eligible workers to scrap their non-compliant vehicle through the nominated provider(s) and receive £2,000 towards a compliant vehicle from a nominated dealership(s) or £2,000 towards a public transport Swift Card.  

For the latest on how COVID-19 is affecting businesses in Birmingham, visit the Birmingham City Council website where we are providing daily updates on the advice, support and information as it is being made available.