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The Birmingham Clean Air Zone


Background

The subject of poor air quality has become increasingly prevalent in Birmingham over the last decade and it was no surprise to see that the city, along with five others outside of London, is being mandated by the European Commission and the Government to introduce a Clean Air Zone by 2020. The Council’s proposal, which rests on charging heavily polluting vehicles for entering into parts of the city centre (covering all of the roads within but not including the A4540 middle way ring road - see map), is likely to impact a number of GBCC members that operate in and travel through the area. Birmingham City Council opened a formal consultation in regards to their plans in the summer of 2018 and the GBCC formally submitted its consultation response in August 2018.


GBCC Consultation Response to the Birmingham Clean Air

The following tasks were undertaken in a bid to collate feedback from our members which has been used to inform the consultation response:

        • Hosted a private lunch with GBCC Patrons and Councillor Waseem Zaffar, Birmingham City Council Cabinet Member for Transport & Environment to discuss the impact the proposed zone is likely to have on the local business community

        • Held a private roundtable with senior officers from Birmingham City Council along with key regional stakeholders and a range of GBCC members to share feedback on the Council’s proposals

        • Sent out a survey to over 16,000 thousand business contacts in Greater Birmingham in order to gain a deeper appreciation of the information and support businesses would like to receive in the run up to January 2020

           

          GBCC Consultation Response to the Birmingham Clean Air Zone


          GBCC & Birmingham City Council – Stakeholder Engagement Plan

With the Zone due to go live in the summer of 2020, throughout 2019, the GBCC formally partnered with Birmingham City Council in a bid to raise awareness of the Zone amongst the business community and to ensure firms are fully prepared for the advent of the Zone.

A subsequent survey conducted amongst our membership last year revealed that:

  • 77% of firms had heard of the Clean Air Zone
  • 64% weren’t aware that support is available for businesses that are likely to be affected by its rollout
  • In terms of specific support requested by local companies, 76% wanted general information on the CAZ

As a result, the GBCC has partnered with Birmingham City Council to produce the Business Clean Air Zone Toolkit. The online document provides a raft of information on:

  • The geographical boundaries of the Zone
  • Whether your vehicle is compliant with the new legislation
  • The charges you will face is your vehicle is not compliant
  • General information on what you can do to prepare for the roll out of the Zone
  • How you can access support if you are affected by the start of the Zone
  • How you can help spread the word about the Zone
  • A action checklist to ensure you are ready for summer 2020

 

click here to download the toolkit for businesses


Briefing Events

In a bid to raise awareness of the Zone amongst the business community, the GBCC has held a number of briefing events with representatives from Birmingham City Council and private sector partners – click here and here for more information (maybe included a pic from the events of a busy room?)

The GBCC is planning to host further events in the run up to the start of the Zone in order to help businesses fully prepare for the summer, see below for details on the upcoming events:

  • GBCC Clean Air Zone Breakfast Briefing – Monday 10thth February 7.30 am at the Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce

Click here for more details


Podcasts

 

Paul Faulkner, CEO of the GBCC and Councillor Waseem Zaffar OBE, Cabinet Member for Birmingham City Council – Transport & Environment produced a podcast outlining how firms can prepare for the Zone and the steps in place to secure further support

Click here to listen

For more information on the Clean Air Zone please visit: