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Birmingham Clean Air Zone Explained: Charges, Location and Exemptions

Birmingham Clean Air Zone daily charges, how to pay, plus exemptions for workers and local residents.

The Birmingham Clean Air Zone strives to create a cleaner, healthier, less polluted city. In summary, you pay a charge to enter parts of the city if your vehicle has very high carbon emissions to help lessen the impact motorists have on the environment. Clean air zones have been set up to encourage people to leave high polluting vehicles at home, purchase cleaner alternatives or go on public transport.

Birmingham Clean Air Zone charges

Birmingham Clean Air Zone charges apply 24 hours a day, every day of the year. You pay if your car, taxi, van, coach, bus, lorry or other motorised vehicle cannot meet its applicable emission standard which is Euro 4 for a petrol car, for or Euro 6 for a diesel car. The cost is £8 a day for a car, taxi, or small van rising to £50 for a larger vehicle such as a coach over 3.5 tonnes.

Birmingham Clean Air Zone Map

The Birmingham Clean Air Zone covers all roads within the A4540 Middleway Ring Road. However, it excludes the Ring Road itself.

Birmingham clean air zone map

How to pay

The Clean Air Zone Birmingham does not include toll booths at the roadside. Instead, the automatic number plate recognition camera system sees your vehicle, calculates its carbon emissions, then charges you if required. You can pay via the internet at www.gov.uk/clean-air-zones. However, if you forget to pay there is a £120 penalty. This falls to £60 if you settle within a fortnight.

Exemptions

Birmingham Clean Air Zone exemptions let you enter for free with a vehicle that respects the next criteria:

  • The Diesel engine cars have to meet at least the Euro 6 standard
  • The Petrol engine cars have to meet at least the Euro 4 standard
  • The Gas engine cars have to meet at least the Euro 6 standard
  • The Fully electric or Hydrogen fuel cell cars are all exempt from the CAZ fees
  • The Hybrid diesel/petrol engine cars have to meet the diesel/petrol conditions from above

Frequently Asked Questions

Starting with June 14, 2021, drivers who drive into the Birmingham CAZ with vehicles that do not meet emission standards will be required to pay an £8.00 daily fee unless there is a valid exemption.

It covers all roads within the Middleway Ring Road.

It’s £8.00 per day for cars that do not meet the exception rules.

Full electric, hydrogen, Euro 6 diesel and Euro 4 petrol, hybrid Euro 6 diesel and Euro 4 petrol vehicles may not pay the Birmingham congestion charge.