Car tax changes: Thousands of drivers face daily charges – not Clean Air Zone compliant
The new statistics also show that fewer drivers were using compliant petrol and diesel cars in Birmingham’s Clean Air Zone than previously expected by the council. The data comes from a six-month Clean Air Zone report that launched a daily charge in the summer.
Statistics show that 11% of motorists still did not respect the emissions zone in December 2021.
This means that their cars do not meet Euro 4 petrol criteria or Euro 6 diesel rules.
When the daily charge came into effect on June 15, the volume of non-compliant cars fell from around 15,000 to 9,000.
They said compliance rates for this category have steadily increased from 81.8% in June 2021 to 89% in December 2021.
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Nitrogen dioxide levels have fallen by an average of 13% when comparing pollution rates in 2019 and 2021.
Councilor Waseem Zaffar MBE, a cabinet member responsible for transport and the environment, said increased driver compliance and falling pollution rates showed the scheme was a success.
He said: “These results are a very clear indication that the Clean Air Zone is beginning to improve air quality in the center of our city.
“The system is still in its infancy, but if we can maintain this rate of improvement, we are well on our way to bringing NO2 levels back within the legal limit.
“We will continue to support individuals and businesses through the transition to becoming a clean air city and I am pleased that we are preparing to extend the benefits of clean air in the city center to all parts of Birmingham.
“Our Clean Air Strategy begins to set out a longer-term plan for change, but this is something the Council cannot do alone.
“Collaboration with partners will be essential.
“The same goes for all of us to understand the positive changes we can make every day that help reduce air pollution.
“We will continue to monitor and publish data regarding the operation and impact of the Clean Air Zone. And we will use this data to help shape our longer-term ambitions and policies in this critical area.