In the United Kingdom Birmingham will be the second city after London to introduce a clean air zone model, meaning charging all vehicles entering the limited zone. The zone is scheduled to be launched in January 2020.
The Motorcycle Action Group (MAG) have however successfully argued that motorcycles act as reducers of both pollution and congestion. MAG have referred to studies showing that shifting from single-occupant cars to motorcycles would result in significant reduction if congestion and pollution, benefiting not only motorcyclists, but the community as a whole.
At a special meeting of the Cabinet, Birmingham City Council has approved its CAZ business case submission, which included exemption for motorcycles of all ages from Birmingham’s clean air zone tariffs.
– We are delighted that our campaign has resulted in the proposal to exempt all motorcycles from charges in the zone. This is a decision that will impact riders not just in Birmingham, but throughout the country. Birmingham City Council has recognised and accepted our position that motorcycles are net reducers of harmful emissions and thus should be exempt from charges, said MAG’s Director of Campaigns & Political Engagement, Colin Brown.
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