A clean air zone charging highly polluting vehicles, including cars, for entering the heart of Birmingham has finally launched – amid claims it will hit many of the city’s poorest drivers hardest. The scheme, which was originally due to begin during 2020 but was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic, begins on Tuesday and has been described by the AA as having “good intentions but bad flaws”. The motoring organisation said the city council-backed Birmingham clean air zone (CAZ) would affect 100,000 vehicle-owners with the financial burden falling on lower-income and younger drivers. However, others have welcomed the scheme for taking much-needed action. Labour’s Birmingham Edgbaston MP Preet Gill, said the CAZ would help “reduce the dangerous levels of air pollution in our city”. She added: “We must enact bold, new ideas if we are to fix this problem.
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