14 May 2021
While many transport operators are worried about the impact vehicle restrictions in major UK cities will have on their businesses, the call for a delay has not come from the transport industry.
Instead, unions representing musicians, theatre workers and actors have written an open letter to Ian Ward, leader of Birmingham City Council, asking for a one year delay in the introduction of Birmingham’s Clean Air Zone (CAZ).
They argue that the delay would provide “breathing space for the sector to recover” after it has been particularly hard hit by the pandemic.
Musicians’ Union Regional Organiser, Stephen Brown, said: “We support measures to reduce climate change and the aims of the CAZ are laudable. However, the way this is being introduced is ham-fisted. We have consistently raised our concerns about how the practicalities of the scheme will have a negative impact on workers in our sector, but we haven’t been properly listened to.”
The full text of that letter is available — here.
Birmingham plans to launch the CAZ on 1 June 2021 after which it will operate 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Charges include £8 per day for non-compliant cars, taxis (hackney carriages and private hire), LGVs and minibuses (up to and including 3.5 tonnes) and £50 per day for heavier vehicles (over 3.5 tonnes) and buses/coaches.
Full details of the Birmingham City Council plan can be found — here.