Birmingham. A place bustling with 1.1 million citizens. And a whole lot of traffic. Heading into the city centre? Don’t forget to pay the CAZ.
Sort the charge in seconds with Caura. Open the app, find City Charges and tap Birmingham Clean Air Zone. Select the day and pay, then drive away. Simple.
The charge was introduced in 2021 as a way of decreasing traffic in the city centre and creating cleaner air for all.
The charge only applies to vehicles that don’t meet emissions standards. No vehicle is outright banned, but owners of high-polluting (most likely older) vehicles must pay up every time they drive into the zone.
If your vehicle meets emissions standards, it means you don’t have to pay. These are:
· Diesel engines: Euro 6 (VI) or better
· Petrol engines: Euro 4 or better
· Gas engines: Euro 6 (VI) or better
· Diesel/petrol electric hybrids: meet the latest relevant emission standards
· Fully electric or hydrogen fuel cell-powered vehicles: exempt
Birmingham is a Class D Zone, meaning buses, coaches, taxis, private hire vehicles, heavy goods vehicles, vans, minibuses, cars and motorcycles as well as scooters are all included in the charge.
Birmingham’s Clean Air Zone operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week. All year round.
The charge is £8 for cars, vans (light good vehicles) and taxis.
It’s down to you to know if your vehicle meets emissions standards. It’s also your responsibility to know if you’ve driven through the charge zone. No one tells you.
If you forget to pay the fee, you’ll get a Penalty Charge Notice (PCN) in the post for a £120 fine. This is reduced to £60 if you pay it within 14 days.
If your vehicle meets the emission standards, the app will automatically tell you that you're exempt and you don't have to pay the charge.
There are quite a few other exemptions to the charges. If you’re one of these people, you might not have to pay:
If switching to a vehicle that meets emissions standards isn’t part of your near-future plan, you could:
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Most postcodes are in the Birmingham CAZ, along with many well known landmarks and visitor hotspots:
As you drive towards Birmingham, you’ll start to see CAZ signs. These advance warnings are in prominent locations around the A4540 Middleway. It’s now time to find another route if you don’t want to enter the zone. Because once you’re in, there’s no going back.
One (or more) of 67 cameras around the zone perimeter, and in the zone, will log your vehicle registration number (VRN).
The signs have a symbol with the Letter D, showing the Clean Air Zone class. Cameras (67 of them!) use an automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) system to identify the vehicle’s owner.
Caura is the quickest way to pay the Clean Air Zone charge. Two taps and you’re done. Then sit back and enjoy the city centre journey.
Downloading Caura’s app takes seconds. Enter your number plate and sort the payment without any extra admin fees or charges.
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Or thinking of heading to London for the day? Plan ahead and pay for Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) and congestion charges, ultra-fast. Then keep all the receipts in the app, just in case you need to check back. Sorted.