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Birmingham fleets able to apply for Clean Air Zone exemption permits

Residents, low-income workers and businesses in the Birmingham Clean Air Zone (CAZ) area can now apply for temporary exemption permits ahead of the CAZ launch this summer.

Birmingham City Council has said it’s committed to launcing its ‘Class D’ clean air charging zone this summer; the exact date is still to be announced

Originally due to go live in January, Birmingham’s ‘Class D’ zone covers all vehicle types to tackle illegal levels of air pollution within some parts of the city.

The exemption permits, which are available for a period of one to two years, are all subject to applicants meeting eligibility criteria.

Commercial vehicles registered within the Clean Air Zone (maximum of two vehicles) can apply for a year of exemption as well as commercial vehicles with existing finance agreement beyond commencement of the CAZ and registered within the zone.

Councillor Waseem Zaffar MBE, Birmingham City Council’s cabinet member for transport and environment, said: “The Clean Air Zone is a huge step towards a cleaner and safer future for Birmingham residents.

“Air pollution in the UK is now at dangerous levels and contributes to health impacts on people suffering long term respiratory conditions. As I have stated before, doing nothing is not an option.

“We are conscious of the impact the zone could have on key groups of people so the range of exemptions and financial support will help individuals, businesses and other organisations to make the change to a clean air Birmingham.”

Further information on the zone, charges, as well as full details of the exemption permits and how to apply for them, can be found here.

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Written by Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for nearly 20 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day.

Natalie edits all the Fleet World websites and newsletters, and loves to hear about any latest industry news.

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