Birmingham to Launch Clean Air Zone
Poor air quality is the largest environmental risk to public health in the UK. It is estimated that air pollution causes up to 36,000 deaths across the country yearly, and dirty city air has put urban populations at significantly increased risk to coronavirus. Birmingham's journey to cleaner air begins on 1 June with the introduction of a Clean Air Zone in the city centre. This is a major step towards a healthier city and a boost for public transport and active travel.
The zone covers the area within, but not including the A4540 Middleway, and the most polluting vehicles will be charged to enter. If you plan to take a private motor vehicle into the zone, check that your vehicle is compliant and pay the charge at the Brum Breathes Homepage, where residents and workers within the zone can also apply for an exemption if eligible. Drivers of University fleet vehicles should contact Transport Services.
Upgrade to a ULEV
UoB staff can lease their own ultra-low-emission vehicle via the all-inclusive Tusker salary sacrifice scheme. Join Andy, our account manager, on at 4.30pm on 8 June to find out how the scheme works.
Learn more about air quality
The university is marking Clean Air Day on 17 June with two campus walks led by Dr Salim Alam and Cat Watton from cycling and walking charity Sustrans. During the walk we'll discuss the issue of air quality from the perspectives of place, transport and science, and visit the air quality supersite on campus. Please register for the 11am and 1pm walks to take part.