Birmingham Clean Air Zone July update

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#brumbreathes - Birmingham's journey to clean air

12 July 2021
6 weeks since launch

Birmingham's Clean Air Zone has now been live for five weeks, with charges in operation for the past three weeks. The first data reports showing traffic levels, compliance and payment rates will be published over the coming weeks on the Brum Breathes website.

Medical vouchers

People attending appointments at the following locations in a non-compliant vehicle can collect a one-day exemption voucher upon arrival. This will need to be redeemed within six days of your visit. Please do not make a payment if attending an appointment at any of these locations as you will not be able to claim a refund.

  • Birmingham Children's Hospital
  • Attwood Green Health Centre
  • Badger Medical
  • Millennium Point (for Covid vaccinations)

Find out more about the voucher scheme


Refunds are only available if a vehicle that meets the compliance standards for the Clean Air Zone is wrongly charged due to a system error. In no other circumstances can be refunds be claimed, this includes:

  • Making an advance payment for entry into the zone and then not entering
  • Making a payment for the wrong day
  • Backdating refunds for vehicles which are later granted a temporary exemption permit

It is also not possible to change advance payments to a different day and/ or vehicle.

Read the guidance on refunds

Gathering initial feedback from the business community

On Wednesday, 21 July, businesses are being invited to join Birmingham City Council and the Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce in a free online event. Cllr Waseem Zaffar, Cabinet Member for Transport and the Environment, will discuss:

  • The initial running of the Clean Air Zone
  • The opportunities and challenges that have arisen for businesses over the last six weeks
  • Gathering feedback on any additional support or guidance businesses need moving forward

The free event will take place from 8:45am to 9:45am and is open to all members of the business community.

Register for the free event

Reminder to businesses

Businesses with multiple fleet vehicles can set up an account to register their vehicles and payment details. However, it is important to remember there is no autopayment function; businesses will still need to log into their account to make payments manually. The payment system is managed by the Government; any questions or queries can be raised using the contact details on the website.

Council recognised for green travel plans

Birmingham City Council has been awarded Modeshift STARS Business Bronze Accreditation for its green travel initiatives and encouraging staff to take-up more sustainable methods of transport. It has been awarded for ongoing efforts to support staff with active and sustainable travel choices, such as walking, cycling and using public transport.

Read the full story

Birmingham secures funding for electric bikes

Birmingham City Council will roll-out the electric bicycles later this year in partnership with local organisations, to help increase cycling provision for vulnerable people and the wider community. The council applied for funding through the Department for Transport’s (DfT) E-Cycle Extension Fund in December 2020. It was announced today that almost £1.5 million will be made available to nine local authorities through the fund, with Birmingham City Council set to receive £199,000.

Find out more