A website has been launched to help businesses get to grips with the Clean Air Zone (CAZ), which will be launched in Birmingham city centre in 12 months’ time.

Business Breathes is the one-stop, go-to site for fleet managers and self-employed drivers that need to prepare for January 2020, which is when the CAZ is introduced.

It is packed with information on low-emission vehicles that will comply with the CAZ requirements, grants and incentives that will be available if businesses need to upgrade their vehicles to avoid the charges, as well as recharging and refuelling points.

It also includes handy features, such as a postcode checker to see if a business or location is within the CAZ zone and a ready reckoner to demonstrate how much money a low-emission option - such as an electric, gas or hydrogen vehicle - could save a business compared to a petrol or diesel model that does not comply with CAZ requirements.

The comprehensive Business Breathes website, which has been launched as part of Brum Breathes, Birmingham City Council’s air quality campaign to reduce emissions of harmful pollutants such as nitrogen dioxide (NO₂) and particulate matter that cause poor air quality and associated health problems, aims to encourage businesses to move over to cleaner vehicles.

Councillor Waseem Zaffar, Cabinet Member for Transport and Environment at Birmingham City Council, said: “The Clean Air Zone will represent a significant change in terms of the way people travel around the city, so it is important that those who rely on the use of vehicles for their business are able to make the necessary preparations and access the relevant support ahead of its implementation in January 2020.

“The Business Breathes website provides a valuable one-stop shop for fleet managers and self-employed drivers to access the information they need to make the switch to greener, cleaner transport options, ensuring Birmingham stays open for business while also helping the city achieve cleaner air for those who live and work here.”  

This CAZ will not only help to improve the city’s overall air quality, it will also reduce emissions of greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide. The new website has been designed to provide people who need to access the city centre, with information to ensure that their mode of transport is compliant and to help them plan for any changes they might need to make.

For more details, visit: businessbreathes.co.uk

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