The clean air zone was introduced across Birmingham back in June 2021, which now means that those who choose to drive in and out of Birmingham city centre may be subject to charges, depending what type of vehicle you drive.
Introduction of Birmingham’s clean air zone
Currently, as of 2024, Birmingham is categorised in clean air zone D, meaning almost all vehicles are liable for charges when driving in and around the city centre, including cars, taxis, minibuses and heavy goods vehicles.
We recommend you check the clean air zone charges at the time you are due to visit in case this information changes.
Birmingham clean air zone charges
Charges for driving in the clean air zone across Birmingham range anywhere from £8 per day for smaller vehicles such as cars, right through to £50 per day for larger vehicles such as buses and trucks.
Fines for not paying charges
There is a fine for not paying your clean air zone charge during the allocated 7 day window, which is around £120, although this can be reduced to £60 if paid within 14 days.
Exemption of the clean air zone charge
As Birmingham is a category D clean air zone, cars (except for EV’s) also have to pay the daily charges, however, there are exemptions available in certain circumstances:
- Residents – you live within the clean air zone
- Workers – you work within the clean air zone, work at least 18 hours a week and earn less than £30,000 per year
- Community vehicles
- Hospital visitors
- Emergency service vehicles
- Military vehicles
- Recovery vehicles – over 3.5 tonnes
Clean air zone incentives
If you don’t qualify for an exemption, there are certain incentives in place designed to help you save money by switching to a vehicle that meets the clean air zone emissions standards.
Vehicle Travel Scheme
If you work in Birmingham’s clean air zone and earn less than £30,000 a year, you may be eligible for up to £2,000 worth of travel vouchers if your car was purchased before September 2018.
Vehicle Scrappage Scheme
If you would prefer to purchase a new, clean air zone compliant vehicle, you can opt for £2,000 credit towards a vehicle, if you work in the clean air zone boundary and earn less than £30,000 a year.
Taxis and Private Hire Scheme
If you are a taxi or a private hire vehicle driver, there are incentives in place to help you purchase a vehicle that is compliant with the clean air zone emission standards.
Birmingham clean air zone map
Birmingham’s clean air zone does not just cover the immediate city centre, but also surround areas such as Digbeth, Ladywood and Deritend. The signage across the city is pretty clear, telling you when these boundaries start and end.
You can see the exact zone boundaries here.
Birmingham clean air zone times
The clean air zone across Birmingham runs 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and charges apply during these times.
How to pay clean air zone charges
You can pay any clean air zone charges that are due online, making it easy and stress free.
Whilst we do recommend free parking spots in Birmingham, most of these might be in the boundaries of the clean air zone, so iff you are concerned about the clean air zone, you can always use the Park & Ride service instead.