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Birmingham Drivers face a new daily charge as Clean Air Zone Launches

Words by Stuart

on 01/06/2021 15:05:30

A Clean Air Zone charging polluting vehicles, including cars and vans, for entering the heart of Birmingham launches today (01/06/21)- many claim it will hit the city's poorest drivers.

Today will see drivers of the most highly polluting vehicles charged for driving in parts of Birmingham city centre.

The Birmingham Clean Air Zone (CAZ) will affect 100,000 vehicle owners. Critics of the scheme claim the financial burden will fall on younger and lower-income drivers.

However every year, the City Council says pollution contributes to the premature deaths of up to 1,000 people in Birmingham through conditions such as heart and lung disease and cancer.

A cleaner Birmingham City Centre, is undoubtedly much healthier for those that live and work in the city and one that's far more attractive to residents and tourists.

The Zone will cover all roads within the A4540 Middleway Ring Road, not including the Ring Road itself. However, it does include the A38 and tunnels. Drivers will be charged daily, and the zone will be in operation 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Birmingham Clean Air Zone CAZ

Over 300 signs have been put up to tell drivers they're approaching the Zone. Vehicles that do not meet the required emission standards will be detected by ANPR (Automatic Number Plate Recognition) cameras. The Charges are as follows:

  • Cars, Taxis and LGVs - £8 daily
  • Coaches, Buses and HGVs - £50 daily

A day runs from midnight to midnight, and during that time, drivers can come and go from the Clean Air Zone and only be charged once. Drivers can pay six days in advance and six days afterwards online or over the phone. With a fine of £120, reducing to £60 if paid within 14 days.

Birmingham city council have given a two year exemption if you live in the clean air zone, and a one year exemption if you work in the clean air zone and earn less than £30,000, also anyone who comes into be vaccinated or visiting the Children’s Hospital won’t be charged.

E-Bikes to the Rescue

With vehicles that meet Clean Air Zone standards costing tens of thousands of pounds and financially impossible for many people, Electric Bikes are worth serious consideration. Consider a few of the benefits of eBikes:

  • Cheap running costs
  • Low maintenance
  • Zero carbon emissions
  • Eco-friendly
  • Reliable
  • Assisted Pedalling (No sweaty commutes)
  • No parking fines
  • No city congestion charges

Cycle to Work Schemes such as the Green Commute Initiative, where you could save up to 47% of the cost of a brand new electric bike and Interest-free repayments, mean E-Bikes are a lot more affordable a realistic alternative to cars.

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The Effect on Business

The potential extra £2920 annual cost per vehicle to small businesses could see many struggling to survive, especially after a turbulent year.

E-Cargo Bikes

Electric cargo bikes are large electric-powered bicycles with a big storage area, usually situated at the bike's front. Electric motors provide pedal assistance requiring less effort from the rider. E-assist Cargo Bikes are a versatile and highly effective means of transporting goods with ease and minimal environmental impact, helping businesses become more efficient, saving money, and becoming more sustainable.

Studies have shown that cargo bikes can be more efficient and improve a company's image, making consumers more likely to make repeat purchases from sustainable businesses. When considering the cost-effective benefits, positive reduction in carbon emissions, flexibility, and efficiency, electric cargo bikes are worth serious thought.

Babboe e-cargo bikes

Babboe, the number one electric cargo bike manufacturer from the Netherlands, with well over ten years of experience behind them. Specialised e-cargo bikes designed for business, with either two or three-wheel models, a large spacious front box. Robust and Reliable, and with wide-range gearing, Babboe electric cargo bikes offer a great solution whatever your business needs.

Raliegh E-cargo Bikes

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Established in Nottingham and with a cycling heritage dating back to 1887, Raleigh offers two models in their electric cargo range, the Pro Trike XL with 900L of storage space or the fast and sleek two-wheeled Pro Bike Midmotor with 350L of space. Raleigh also provides free professional branded business graphics on all bikes.

At Electric Bike Sales, we have a great range of e-cargo bikes perfectly suited to your business's needs. See our full range of electric cargo bikes HERE. We also retrofit any existing bike with a powerful electric system.

CONTACT US and speak to one of our friendly sales team for the best advice on solutions suited to your business's needs.

Various schemes and grants are available to business users to help cover the cost of e-cargo bikes. Please CONTACT US and speak to an expert.

At Electric Bike Sales, we have a great range of Electric bikes and e-cargo bikes perfectly suited to your business's needs. See our full range of electric cargo bikes HERE.

We also retrofit any existing bike with a powerful electric system.

CONTACT US and speak to one of our friendly sales team for the best advice on solutions suited to your business's needs.

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