Birmingham drivers could soon face ‘congestion charge’ to improve air quality

Written by on June 20, 2018

DRIVERS could soon be charged for using roads in Birmingham City Centre if proposals put forward by the city council are given the go-ahead.

The move is designed to improve the air quality in the second city after shocking statistics from Public Health England showed there were more than 500 deaths-a-year in Birmingham due to respiratory and cardiovascular disease.

The city council’s own figures show air pollution shortens the lives of 900 people.

Under the measures vehicles would be measured by whether they comply with European emissions laws.

The drivers of cars, light goods vehicles and private hire and taxis which are not compliant could be charged £6 or £12.50 depending on their pollution levels.

That would increase to £50 and £100 for HGVs, buses and coaches. The measures will be put before the city council’s cabinet next week.

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