Brum Breathes May edition: one month to go

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#brumbreathes - Birmingham's journey to clean air

30 April 2021
32 days to go

There is now just over one month to go until the Clean Air Zone goes live on 1 June so before it launches, make sure you, your family and friends have:

  1. Checked if you will be charged
  2. Applied for a temporary exemption permit or financial incentive
  3. Checked how to pay or considered alternative travel habits

Business fleet payment demonstration video

Businesses with fleet vehicles to manage when the Clean Air Zone goes live can now add their payment details to their Clean Air Zone business fleet account. If you need help setting up your account, you can now watch a free video demonstrating the system.

Watch the video now 


Time running out for pre-launch exemption approvals

As we get closer to the launch of the zone, we are receiving a high volume of applications for temporary exemption permits. If you are eligible for a temporary exemption, please ensure you submit your application and all supporting evidence before 10 May 2021 to be guaranteed your permit in time for launch. We cannot guarantee applications submitted after this date will be approved before 1 June and therefore charges will apply. Please remember you are not exempt from the charges until you receive confirmation from us.  

Apply now


Hear from Dr Justin Varney on the dangers of air pollution

If you still have questions about air pollution and the impact it has on our health, then watch this short two-minute video with Dr Justin Varney, Director of Public Health at Birmingham City Council as he talks through the dangers of poor air quality.

Watch the video now 


Announcement pending on Vehicle Scrappage and Travel Scheme

If you're eligible for a worker temporary exemption permit and have owned your vehicle since 10 September 2018, you may want to consider our Vehicle Scrappage and Travel Scheme. If you meet the eligibility criteria, you can scrap your non-compliant vehicle and receive £2,000 off the cost of a compliant vehicle from Motorpoint or £2,000 in Swift travel credit from Transport for West Midlands. Applications for this scheme will open shortly; if you want to be the first to be notified make sure you register an expression of interest.

Sign up now


Birmingham Clean Air Zone Charging Order 2021 published

The Birmingham Clean Air Zone Charging Order 201 sets out the full details of how the Clean Air Zone will operate when it comes into operation on 1 June 2021. The document confirms the temporary and permanent exemptions available, how the council will approach any enforcement associated with non-payment of the Clean Air Zone daily fee and how it intends to use any income generated from the zone.

View the Charging Order


Join or watch a webinar

With just over one month to go until the launch of the Clean Air Zone, if you still have questions why not put them to the team at one of our free webinars taking place during lunchtimes and evenings throughout May. If you can't join us live don't worry, we record them so you can always watch them back in your own time. 

Register for a future live webinar

Watch back a past webinar in your own time


Clean Air Zone support grants for taxis surpass £1million mark

Since we opening the financial incentive support schemes for Birmingham-licensed taxi drivers in October, we are pleased to report we have paid out more than £1million in Clean Air Zone support grants to over 800 hackney and private hire drivers to upgrade or retrofit their vehicles. 

Read more 


Bimingham City Council publishes Active Travel review

A comprehensive review was launched in November 2020 to assess the impact and effectiveness of the emergency transport measures introduced as Birmingham emerged from the national lockdown.

Find out more


Join Sustrans for events in May

Sustrans, the walking and cycling charity, is holding a series of free events for individuals and faith or community groups to join throughout May including: