Birmingham City Council has announced that the government has approved its plans for a clean air zone. In a 13 March press release, the council said that the government had allocated the city £38mn from the Clean Air Fund to support taxi companies to upgrade their fleets to cleaner vehicles; to provide mobility support for individuals working with the Clean Air Zone (of which at least 50% must be used for a scrappage scheme); and an HGV and coach compliance fund, among other measures.

Councillor Waseem Zaffar, Cabinet Member for Transport and Environment at Birmingham City Council, said: “We clearly have a major public health crisis in our city, with people being exposed to illegal and unsafe levels of air pollution. The introduction of a Clean Air Zone is the start of our fight back.”

Birmingham City Council