In June 2021 Birmingham will introduce a Clean Air Zone in a bid to reduce levels of nitrogen oxide in the air in and around the city centre. Having already outlined our own pledge to reach zero emissions by 2030, as a business we are fully supportive of this decision and are committed to helping the city achieve its goal.
From June onward if your vehicle is not compliant with the Clean Air Zone you will incur a charge to enter Birmingham city centre. This change makes getting on the bus the quickest, cheapest and easiest way to avoid Clean Air Zone charges and help to improve the environment and air quality in local communities.
DID YOU KNOW? Cars are the number one cause of roadside air pollution, which has reached illegal levels. In fact, in UK city centres alone, poor air conditions contribute to 40,000 deaths each year. – making it the largest environmental risk to public health in the UK.*
A Clean Air Zone is when significant action has been taken to improve air quality in a certain area. In this instance pollution from vehicles in Birmingham city centre. Vehicles that fail to comply with the emission standard will be charged when entering the city centre from 1st June 2021. You can find out if your vehicle is compliant or not here.
We understand how important it is to reduce our carbon footprint which is why we have pledged to have a fully zero carbon fleet of buses by 2030. To achieve this we have already collaborated with Birmingham city council to introduce 20 new hydrogen powered buses to our fleet from April 2021, ready for the new Clean Air Zone. Hydrogen buses consume 4 times less fuel than standard diesel buses in addition to emitting water vapour so no carbon dioxide or other harmful gases are being emitted into the air.
Last year, our route 6 (Solihull - Birmingham) service was replaced with new electric vehicles and along with another service in Coventry these vehicles have already helped prevent over 700 tonnes of carbon dioxide going into the atmosphere.
Aside from purchasing new buses we have also ensured our existing buses are more environmentally friendly by retrofitting them with new exhaust systems (Euro VI) that reduce the vehicles emissions. This means the air coming out of the bus exhaust is cleaner than the air outside and makes catching the bus the easiest and cheapest way to clean up our air and fight climate change.
The Clean Air Zone will begin in Birmingham city centre from 1st June 2021.
The Clean Air Zone will operate on all roads within the A4540 Middleway Ring Road but not on the Middleway itself.
The charges for the Birmingham Clean Air Zone are as follows:
You will only need to pay once for the day (midnight to midnight) but the charges will operate 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
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