April - May Mag Issue 25 Paperturn - Page 12



NEWS
BIRMINGHAM CLEAN AIR ZONE
POSTPONED UNTIL 2021
The launch of Birmingham’s Clean Air Zone has been postponed until 2021 following
the impact of Covid-19.
The launch of Birmingham’s Clean Air Zone
has been postponed until 2021 following
the impact of Covid-19.
The launch of Birmingham’s Clean Air Zone
has been postponed until 2021 following
the impact of Covid-19.
Representatives from Birmingham City
Council wrote a submission to Government
to request a variation to the Ministerial
Direction by delaying the launch of the
zone, which was subsequently approved.
It means the launch of the zone has now
been postponed from summer 2020 until
at least 1 January 2021, although an exact
date has yet to be decided.
In his letter to Government, Cllr Waseem
Zaffar, the council’s cabinet member for
Transport and the Environment, recognised
the “profound impact” that COVID-19 has
had on the city’s economy and preparations
for the launch of the zone.
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“Businesses are focussed on trying to
support their employees through an
extraordinary situation rather than upgrade
their vehicle fleets,” wrote Cllr Zaffar.
“Low income workers and residents are
focussed on ensuring they and their
families stay safe rather than apply for an
exemption or financial incentive.”
The letter also referenced the impact that
COVID-19 has had on partner agencies
supporting Birmingham in delivering the
zone, which include the installation of
cameras and technology to identify noncompliant vehicles.
Cllr Zaffar said: “We still remain committed
to the Clean Air Zone and improving air
quality in Birmingham but must adapt to the
current situation that COVID-19 has created
and respond to the crisis accordingly. Work
is ongoing within the team and we are
preparing to launch our support package for
taxi and private hire drivers imminently.
“However what lockdown has demonstrated
is that a reduction in traffic across the
country – and even globe – as cities go into
lockdown, has demonstrated significant
improvements in air quality which we hope
may inspire behaviour change once we
begin to move out of lockdown.”
Residents and workers who qualify for
temporary exemption permits can still
apply online. Exemption permits will be
applicable from the new launch date of the
Clean Air Zone.
To be kept informed of updates on the
Birmingham Clean Air Zone, register an
expression of interest.
Article courtesy of #brumbreathes

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