13 February 2020
Birmingham City Council has announced the launch of its new clean air zone (CAZ) has been postponed.
The CAZ had been expected to go live on July 1 but the decision to delay was made after problems emerged on the online government vehicle checker used to determine vehicle compliance.
It is now expected that the scheme will be introduced six months after the ‘glitch’ is fixed
The online vehicle checker was launched by the government last week so drivers who enter their number plate can find out if they are liable for daily CAZ charges.
But concerns were soon raised about the accuracy of the information being provided.
It emerged that some of the earliest diesel vehicles meeting modern Euro
6 emissions standards are incorrectly showing as being liable for Birmingham’s daily £8 fee.
A Birmingham City Council spokesman said: “The Government has recognised the teething problems with its clean air zone vehicle checker and is working to iron out any issues as quickly as possible.
“Once those issues are resolved, there needs to be a period for motorists to check and prepare – and it has been suggested that this be a six-month period in fairness to all concerned. This remains in line with the previously-stated CAZ launch estimate of summer 2020.
“The key message is that if you are driving a Euro 4 petrol vehicle or Euro 6 diesel your vehicle will be compliant with Birmingham’s CAZ.”