Motorpoint has begun work on the Clean Air Zone Vehicle Scrappage and Travel Scheme in Birmingham. The independent car retailer, which has branches in Aston and Oldbury, was recently selected by Birmingham City Council to help deliver the £10m Clean Air Zone Vehicle Scrappage and Travel Scheme.
Under the scheme, which has gone live today, people who work in the zone and earn less than £30,000 per annum will now be able to scrap their vehicle with Motorpoint. In exchange, they will receive £2,000 credit towards a compliant vehicle from Motorpoint or £2,000 in a ‘mobility’ credit to use on public transport via Swift Card with Transport for West Midlands (TfWM). Motorpoint offers a selection of used plug-in vehicles – both plug-in hybrid and battery-electric cars – as well as hybrid cars and other vehicles with internal combustion engines.
Birmingham’s Clean Air Zone goes live on June 1, 2021. From this date, owners of vehicles that do not meet the emission standards of the Clean Air Zone will be subject to a daily fee of £8 to enter the zone. The Clean Air Zone is an area of Birmingham city centre inside the A4540 Middleway (but not the Middleway itself).
Kevin Cartwright, General Manager of Motorpoint Birmingham and Oldbury, said:
“We’re delighted to see the Clean Air Zone Vehicle Scrappage and Travel Scheme go live and with it the opportunity to further reduce the levels of nitrogen dioxide emissions in the city.
“Motorpoint has hundreds of low-mileage, nearly new vehicles all under warranty available at its branches across the city – every one of which is Clean Air Zone compliant. Plus, with our Sameday Driveaway service, people can choose, test drive and buy, all in the space of a couple of hours.”
Cllr Waseem Zaffar, Birmingham City Council’s Cabinet Member for Transport & the Environment, added:
“Every year, up to 1,000 people in Birmingham are dying prematurely from conditions linked to air pollution including cancer, heart and lung disease. This is an unacceptable situation. Clean air should be a basic right, not a luxury and just because it is invisible it does not mean we should ignore it.
“The Clean Air Zone will help improve air quality within our city and the Vehicle Scrappage and Travel Credit Scheme helps tackle the source of the problem by removing the most polluting vehicles from our roads.”
The full eligibility criteria and terms and conditions for the scheme are available at www.brumbreathes.co.uk.