No clean-air zone for classics
Birmingham has ruled out classic cars being targeted by a clean air zone due to be in place in the city by 2020.
A spokesman for the new mayor of West Midlands, Andy Street, says that the current plans are focusing on commercial trucks and vehicles.
He says: ‘Unless it’s a classic bus or truck, it won’t count. Private cars aren’t included [in the plans] at all.’
The region is one of six new combined English authorities allowed to introduce their own urban air quality strategies.
Estimates from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) show that Birmingham will have NO2 levels above the legal limit (40 micrograms per cubic metre) until 2027 if emission levels aren’t addressed.
The likelihood of Manchester, Bristol and Middlesbrough bringing in measures to improve air quality is high as each will have ‘illegal air’ for the next three years.
The Federation of British Historic Vehicle Clubs has already successfully campaigned for an exemption for classics built before 1 January 1980 from London’s ultra low emissions zone.
CCW approached mayors from Greater Manchester, Tees Valley and West of England for comment, but only Liverpool City Region’s Steve Rotheram responded.
He said a decision couldn’t be made on what would and wouldn’t be included in a future clean air zone until more research has been done on the key causes and areas affected.
Birmingham will allow classic cars to skip charges in its clean air zones.