From 14 June 2021, visitors who drive to the Birmingham Children’s hospital in a non-compliant vehicle will be exempt from the Clean Air Zone daily fee, thanks to a scheme launched by Birmingham City Council.
The voucher scheme provide people attending an appointment at Birmingham Children’s Hospital, Bath Row Medical Practice, Badger Medical Centre and the mass vaccination centre at Millennium Point with a single-use code that can be redeemed through the Brum Breathes website.
Councillor Waseem Zaffar MBE, Cabinet Member for Transport and Environment said:
“The Clean Air Zone has set the wheels in motion to create cleaner and safer air in our city. We have always understood the need to provide key groups of people with additional support as part of our journey towards cleaner air.
“It was particularly important that we support patients and parents visiting these locations so I’m really pleased that this scheme is in place at the point we start applying the Clean Air Zone daily fee.”
A voucher will only be required for vehicles which do not meet the emission standards.
The vouchers provide a code for a duration of a single Clean Air Zone payment day period (midnight to midnight) and voucher recipients will need to input the code on the Brum Breathes website which will then give them a 24-hour exemption for that period.
A new voucher will be required each day so any drivers who regularly attend the medical centres and hospitals will be able to get a voucher each day they visit. The vouchers will be available to collect from reception and must be redeemed online.
Vouchers can be redeemed 6 days in advance of a visit, the day of a visit, or 6 days after.
The Clean Air Zone, which launches on 1 June 2021, is a Government-mandated order that will charge the owners of high polluting vehicles to enter certain parts of the city in a bid to tackle levels of nitrogen dioxide above the legal limit.
The Zone will cover all roads within the A4540 Middleway Ring Road but not the Middleway itself. Any vehicles that enter will need to pay the daily charge- £8 a day for cars and £50 a day for HGVs and coaches.
To find out more and input a voucher code, please visit: https://www.brumbreathes.co.uk/info/29/exemptions-3/21/apply-exemption/7
The centres where the vouchers will operate are:
- Birmingham Children’s Hospital;
- Badger Medical centre;
- Attwood Green Medical Practice
- Millennium Point