Clean Air Zone on menu for busi­ness break­fast

Birmingham Post - - NEWS -

A BREAK­FAST brief­ing will be hosted in Birm­ing­ham to dis­cuss the city’s pro­posed new Clean Air Zone and its po­ten­tial im­pact on busi­nesses here.

Al­pha­bet (GB), a fleet leas­ing and busi­ness mo­bil­ity spe­cial­ist, has teamed up with the Greater Birm­ing­ham Cham­bers of Com­merce to co-host the free brief­ing at the Li­brary of Birm­ing­ham on Thurs­day, Novem­ber 29.

The brief­ing will start at 8am and is free to busi­nesses of all sizes that op­er­ate ve­hi­cles in the Birm­ing­ham area.

The Clean Air Zone is set to come into force in the city in Jan­uary 2020 and will af­fect ve­hi­cles such as older petrol and diesel cars, taxis, lor­ries and buses.

Although the fi­nal charges are yet to be con­firmed, driv­ers could be pay­ing up to £100 to en­ter the city cen­tre area, de­pend­ing on the ve­hi­cle.

The aim is to bring pol­lu­tion down to legally safe lev­els and cut the high lev­els of lethal ni­tro­gen diox­ide in the air.

‘Keep­ing Birm­ing­ham’s busi­nesses mov­ing in the new Clean Air Zone’ will ex­am­ine the sub­stance of the new reg­u­la­tions and the pe­nal- ties of non-com­pli­ance with zone stan­dards while ad­vis­ing ve­hi­cle fleet op­er­a­tors about the prepa­ra­tions they need to make ahead of 2020.

The break­fast brief­ing will fea­ture rep­re­sen­ta­tion from Birm­ing­ham City Coun­cil’s cabi­net mem­ber for trans­port and en­vi­ron­ment, Cllr Waseem Zaf­far.

There will also be in­dus­try ex­perts and busi­ness lead­ers in­clud­ing cham­ber chief ex­ec­u­tive Paul Faulkner, chief com­mer­cial of­fi­cer of Al­pha­bet (GB) Si­mon Carr and Tim An­der­son, se­nior trans­port ad­vice man­ager with the En­ergy Sav­ing Trust.

Mr Carr said: “Birm­ing­ham is one of the five Clean Air Zones around the UK and the Sec­ond City’s plans are the most com­pre­hen­sive, de­tailed and ad­vanced in the coun­try.

“Sig­nif­i­cant changes are com­ing in lit­tle more than a year which will un­doubt­edly im­prove Birm­ing- ham’s air qual­ity but re­search shows that 40 per cent of lo­cal com­pa­nies are still un­aware of the changes and the im­pact new Clean Air Zone reg­u­la­tions hold for their busi­ness.

“As one of the UK’s lead­ing providers of ul­tra-low emis­sion and elec­tric ve­hi­cles, we’re keen to share our ex­per­tise to help fleet op­er­a­tors to un­der­stand and nav­i­gate the change ahead of the in­tro­duc­tion of the new Clean Air Zone.

“We are de­lighted to part­ner with the cham­ber in this open, knowl­edge-shar­ing event in the iconic sur­round­ings of the Li­brary of Birm­ing­ham and look for­ward to wel­com­ing lo­cal com­pa­nies on Novem­ber 29.”

Space is lim­ited so at­ten­dees are asked to reg­is­ter their in­ter­est for ‘Keep­ing Birm­ing­ham’s busi­nesses mov­ing in the new Clean Air Zone’ at www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/keep­ing-birm­ing­hams-busi­nesses-movi n g - i n - t h e - n e w- c l e a n - a i r- z o n e - tick­ets-51454110630.

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