I not too long ago acquired two fines for driving my automobile into the Birmingham clear air zone and really feel I’ve been unfairly handled. The letters each said I had 14 days to pay a diminished price of £60 for every tremendous. After that, the total £120 tremendous can be payable.
I appealed on the premise that I reside exterior Birmingham and was unaware the zone had been launched. I missed the indicators, as I used to be navigating utilizing a satnav.
I additionally really feel considerably aggrieved because the second tremendous was technically deemed the subsequent day. I drove out of the zone seven minutes after midnight.
I’m a diligent driver and have by no means acquired a parking tremendous or dashing ticket, and because the clear air zone was so new I naively thought they may let me off at the least one of many prices.
Birmingham council took a number of weeks to reply and reject my attraction, by which era the 14 days early fee window had expired. I really feel that I ought to at the least have the suitable to pay the “reduced” £60 tremendous if my attraction just isn’t profitable.
NS, by e mail
How many individuals residing exterior the West Midlands are even conscious that Birmingham’s clear air zone went reside in June 2021? Not that many, I think, and one of many causes for publishing this letter is to focus on its introduction. There are additionally comparable schemes in Bath and Portsmouth, alongside the pioneer, London.
The guidelines within the Birmingham zone are fairly clear. Diesel automobiles that aren’t of Euro 6 normal or greater – which usually means these constructed earlier than 2015-ish – and pre-Euro 4 petrol automobiles (pre-2006) should pay the £8 each day cost, which, as you came upon to your price runs from midnight to midnight. Those getting into should pay the cost inside six days, or face a penalty.
Sadly, ignorance of its introduction just isn’t sufficient to get you off. However, I do agree that those that attraction towards the tremendous ought to at the least be given the suitable to pay the diminished £60 price if their attraction is unsuccessful.
In London, if a driver appeals inside the reduced-rate interval, the clock is then stopped they usually retain the suitable to pay on the decrease cost, even the place the attraction takes longer.
Birmingham metropolis council tells me that’s not the case there. This appears to me an affront to pure justice, is an incentive for the council to course of appeals slowly, and needs to be modified.
The council says its strategy is in step with the Road User Charging (Enforcement and Adjudication) Regulations 2001. It says 530,000 tremendous notices have been issued within the first six months of operation, and there may be clear steering on its web site.
One of the odd issues about that is Google Maps doesn’t warn these driving into the Birmingham zone of its existence. If you ask it to direct you into the London Ulez, a warning flashes up. Birmingham says that is on the best way.
Meanwhile, others be warned. Clean air zones are coming in Bradford, Manchester and Bristol. As persons are getting again of their automobiles post-pandemic, a number of individuals can be caught out. See in case you are affected utilizing the net checker.
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