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Car tax changes: Five things drivers must know ahead of Birmingham’s new daily road charge

Highly polluting petrol and diesel cars will be charged to use roads in the city centre from 1 June with owners of affected cars set to pay up to £9 per day. With just a few months until the new updates are launched, these are the most important things to keep an eye on.

Residents may be exempt

Those who live at an address within the Clean Air Zone will be eligible for a temporary two-year extension when the scheme is launched.

Residents must provide proof of address and vehicle ownership to apply for the extension which could save drivers hundreds of pounds.

Drivers who work in the Clean Air Zone but live outside of it can also apply for a shorter one-year exemption if they meet certain criteria.

Motorists must be the registered owner of a vehicle and must work at least 18 hours per week at a business located inside the zone.

Those given exemptions must also earn no more than £30,000 per year.

READ MORE: Car tax changes will make petrol and diesel cars ‘more expensive’

You won’t get a bill

Road users will not receive a letter to remind them they have entered the Clean Air Zone meaning the responsibility is solely on the drivers.

There will be around 300 signs around the Clean Air Zone to ensure road users do not miss when they are entering a charging area.

However, this rule change could still affect residents or commuters who travel the same route on a daily basis and may not notice the new signs.

Drivers must pay the charge either six days before they travel or six days after entering the zone.

Some drivers may get help to buy a new electric car

As part of the changes, some drivers may be able to secure discounts on a range of electric vehicles.

Drivers earning less than £30,000 can take part in a vehicle scrappage scheme where they will ditch their cars in exchange for £2,000 to be used towards an electric car.

Brum Breathes also says drivers of private hire vehicles or Hackney Carriage taxis will also receive some financial benefits.

In early 2021, Birmingham City Council will also launch an electric taxi vehicle scheme which will be available for owners of Council licensed Hackney carriages.

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