44 thousand fines issued in Clean Air Birmingham’s infancy

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Birmingham City council stand to rake in excess of £1.5 million from daily charges and fines attributed last month, as just over 44,000 Penalty Charge Notices (PCNs) were handed in relation to the Clean Air Zone (CAZ). However, of these a meagre 10, 464 have been paid with there being a daily average 3,393 PCNs handed out. The volume of cars entering the CAZ which were profoundly-polluting dropped from 18 per cent to 12 per cent in the first month- a sign of success.

The council’s figures show between 95,000 to 100,000 vehicles in total entered the CAZ per day on average in June. When asked what their expectations of this enforcement were, members replied, “What we’re hoping for over time is the percentage of people receiving a PCN in the first place will reduce as more and more people get used to the way this scheme works. The second thing is that over time, that payment of the PCN will even out because of the way the payment windows work.”

Waseem Zaffar, cabinet member for transport and environment stated: “It’s early days for the Clean Air Zone but it is encouraging to see a decrease in the amount of non-compliant vehicles entering the zone and I stand committed to publishing regular updates about the operation and impact of the zone on traffic and air quality.”