New car tax changes which charges UK motorists £8 daily proven to be ‘success’

In June, Birmingham became one of the next cities to adopt a Clean Air Zone.

The motoring law sees drivers hit with a £8 daily charge to use some of the city centre’s most popular roads.

Just like the Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) in London, it was put into place to help drivers be kinder to the environment.

Private cars, taxis and vans are required to pay the fee in order to enter the charging zone.

Now Wassem Zaffar, Cabinet Member for Transport and Environment at Birmingham City Council, says the project is running well.

He told Express.co.uk: “It seems to be successful. The compliance level of cars are really really high.”

But the council would be boosting “resources” into the project to target those not yet using the zone.



The Clean Air Zone was launched this year

The new Clean Air Zone was the “first step” in dealing with the air quality concerns in Birmingham.

According to the new Transport Plan, the revenue from the zone would be reinvested in transport schemes to improve the network.

Any new developments would also help to “further reduce emissions”.

It comes after a total of 112,000 fines were issued to road users in July for not paying the Clean Air Zone charge.

The Clean Air Zone was originally launched in January but there was a delay after issues with the vehicle checking software.

Also it is believed 25% of Birmingham’s traffic will need to pay the charge and are non-compliant with the new regulations.

This scheme has been introduced to meet the city’s air pollution targets and to change the behaviour around emissions.

It is hoped the project will also encourage people to take public transport or use their bicycles for short journeys.

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