Petrol and diesel owners will pay an £8 daily charge from 2021 with new driving law

Petrol and diesel owners will pay an £8 daily charge from 2021 with new driving law

Petrol cars which are not compliant with Euro 4 Standards will face the hefty charge alongside diesel cars not meeting Euro 6 standards. This means owners of petrol cars built before 2004 and diesel models registered before 1 September 2015 are set to be affected by the charges. 

The new fines will be introduced across Birmingham once their Clean Air Zone is launched in 2021. 

The new scheme will charge owners of non-compliant carts, taxis, LGV’s and minibuses £8 per day to use roads within the city. 

However drivers of Heavy Goods Vehicles, coaches and buses will be charged a higher £50 per day fee to use some streets. 

The daily charge will be in operation 24 hours a day, seven days a week, meaning some may need to pay up to £56 per week to use roads around the city. 

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London’s ULEZ scheme will be expanded from October 2021 to include North and South circular roads. 

In a statement to, Birmingham City Council said: “Birmingham has been approved to operate a Class D Clean Air Zone (CAZ D) plus Additional Measures. 

“Which means that all buses, coaches, taxis, private hire vehicles, heavy goods vehicles, vans, minibuses and cars will all need to meet the minimum emission standard to avoid being charged within the zone. 

“The minimum emission standards are Euro 6 (VI) for diesel fuelled vehicles and Euro 4 for petrol fuelled vehicles.”

Birmingham City Council has confirmed motorcycles, mopeds or scooters will be allowed in the zone without needing to pay. 

Fully electric models and hydrogen fuel cell cars are also fully compliant and will avoid clean air zone charges. 

Motorists who live inside the Clean Air Zone will not be charged to use non-compliant cars for two years after the scheme is launched. 

Drivers who work in the zone will also be issued a temporary payment waiver for one year after the scheme is introduced as long as certain requirements are emet. 

But to apply for any short term exemption, motorists must have been the registered owner of a non-compliant car since before 10 September 2018. 

This means many residents, commuters and tourists are set to be caught out by the charges when they are launched next year.

Motorists who forget to pay the charge or are unaware of the new scheme may also face major consequences with heavy fines set to be issued. 

Cameras and Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) tools will be used to identify non-compliant acsr which have not paid tyeh chareghs. 

Offenders will then be catched up to a £120 fine for failing to follow the new guidelines. 

The extra charge and fines will raise an extra £8million a year which is to be used on new initiatives to make the city eco-friendly.

Money will be spent on several schemes including plans to pedestrianise parts of the city and a pilot scheme for a new hydrogen bus. 

Published at Tue, 07 Jul 2020 11:54:00 +0000