You can now check if you will be charged to enter Birmingham City Centre in your vehicle via an online checker.
As part of the Government’s Clean Air Zone initiative, drivers can input their number plate and find out how much a journey into the centre of the city would cost them per day.
How do you do it?
Where does the zone cover?
All roads inside the A450 Middleway ring road, including the whole of the city centre, parts of Bordesley and Newtown, Digbeth, Highgate, parts of Ladywood and the Jewellery Quarter.
Which cars are Clean Air Zone compliant?
Generally petrol cars made after 2006 and diesel cars made after 2015 will be okay.
Cars which meet the Euro 4 emissions standard for petrol and Euro 6 standard for diesel will be given the green light for no-cost travel in the city centre.
How will it work?
Number plate recognition cameras will be installed across the city, at every vehicle entry point into the city centre which will then be linked to the digital database.
How much will it cost if your car is not compliant?
If your vehicle doesn’t fit the above criteria you can expect to pay an £8-a-day charge for cars, taxis and vans and a £50 a day charge for lorries and buses.
Anyone liable to be charged would only have a limited time to pay, and could face an automated £120 fine if they are late in their payment.
When will the charges become active?
Don’t worry, they’re not active just yet!
Despite the Government’s launch of the tracker today, (February 6) there is no set date for when the charges will come into play. An announcement is expected later this year.
What is a Clean Air Zone?
This is where action is taken to improve air quality, in particular by discouraging the most polluting vehicles from entering the area.
No vehicle is banned, but those which do not have clean enough engines will pay a daily charge if they travel within the area.
The charge is expected to raise up to £8 million a year in revenue for the council, who last year declared a climate emergency and announced their ambition to become carbon neutral by 2030.