Changes in car taxes aren’t enough to reduce pollution, so the city council is considering “expanding” restrictions.
According to a council report, new car tax adjustments will not be enough to lower pollution levels in Birmingham, and more restrictions will be imposed on vehicles in the city.
Last Monday, Birmingham’s new Clean Air Zone went into effect, but additional restrictions are set to follow soon. However, according to the council’s feasibility study, a Class D Clean Air Zone would not be sufficient to meet the pollution levels.
Documents from Birmingham City Council stated that they were “reviewing” further options, including parking restrictions.
“Birmingham is building Green Travel Districts with less traffic, pollution, and accidents, as well as healthier, safer, and more productive communities,” they stated.
“The goal is to create an environment where residents, workers, and visitors can comfortably walk, cycle, or take public transportation as their preferred mode of transportation in highly populated residential neighborhoods.
“The council is evaluating and extending parking rules in and around the city center in tandem with the CAZ.”
This would eliminate all free parking in the pricing zone managed by Birmingham City Council.
Paid parking spaces, which would cost the same as off-street parking bays, would be installed in its stead.
According to the city council, free parking accounts for about 15% of all traffic parking in the city.
They say that charging for parking bays would lower the number of cars looking for a spot by 30%.
The council also mentions that earning money by charging for parking in the city center would be beneficial.
Other limits under consideration include prohibiting traffic from entering the congested Suffolk Street Queensway.
They hope that by doing so, they will be able to reduce traffic and pollution levels in areas where they are now excessively high.
Another option would be to shut down two major thoroughfares in the city center.
To reduce traffic and pollution, Lister and Great Lister Streets may be closed.
This is due to the fact that cars would no longer have to stop to allow road users to exit these roadways.
The new Clean Air Zone will be open 365 days a year, 24 hours a day.
Light Goods, Taxi, and Car When the payment system goes live on June 14, vehicle owners will be charged £8 per day to use the roads.
Coaches, buses, and Heavy Goods Vehicles, on the other hand, will be charged a higher £50 per day price.
When the plan is launched, it is expected that roughly 25% of traffic will be required to pay the cost.
Petrol and diesel drivers who fulfill Euro 4 emissions regulations. “Brinkwire News in Condensed Form.”