A WEBSITE has been launched to help businesses get to grips with the Clean Air Zone (CAZ), which will be launched in Birmingham city centre in 12 months’ time.
Business Breathes is a one-stop, go-to site for fleet managers and self-employed drivers that need to prepare for January 2020, when the CAZ is introduced.
It provides information on low-emission vehicles that comply with the CAZ requirements, grants and incentives available if businesses need to upgrade their vehicles to avoid the charges, as well as recharging and refuelling points.
It also includes features, such as a postcode checker to see if a business or location is within the CAZ zone and a ready reckoner to demonstrate how much money a low-emission option – such as an electric, gas or hydrogen vehicle – could save a business compared to a petrol or diesel model that does not comply with CAZ requirements.
Councillor Waseem Zaffar, Cabinet Member for Transport and Environment at Birmingham City Council, said: “The Clean Air Zone will represent a significant change in terms of the way people travel around the city, so it is important that those who rely on the use of vehicles for their business are able to make the necessary preparations and access the relevant support ahead of its implementation in January 2020.
“The Business Breathes website provides a valuable one-stop shop for fleet managers and self-employed drivers to access the information they need to make the switch to greener, cleaner transport options, ensuring Birmingham stays open for business while also helping the city achieve cleaner air for those who live and work here.”