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Birmingham Clean Air Zone

BIRMINGHAM CITY COUNCIL CLEAN AIR ZONE THREATENS THE FUTURE OF WYTHALL'S HERITAGE BUS SERVICES!!
PLEASE CLICK HERE TO SIGN OUR PETITION

THE FACTS:

  • Birmingham City Council will introduce a Clean Air Zone (CAZ) covering all roads within the A4540 Middleway Ring Road from July 1st 2020.
  • All diesel-engined buses entering the CAZ must comply or face a daily charge of £50 per vehicle. Our heritage buses cannot practically meet the new emissions limits without destroying their originality.
  • Transport Museum Wythall (TMW) is a living museum (specialising in historic vehicles from Birmingham and the West Midlands) that holds an operator's licence allowing it to offer bus rides on its historic vehicles - its service to Birmingham city centre that runs on special open days would enter the proposed CAZ.
  • These services are very infrequent - we operate heritage buses between Suffolk Street Queensway and our Museum at Wythall on only 11 days per year.
  • Birmingham citizens make good use of these journeys, travelling by public transport into the city to connect with them instead of travelling directly to Wythall by car (in 2018 some 800 passengers visited the Museum this way).
  • Over our period of operation, the emissions emitted by our heritage vehicles will be infinitesimally small compared to other forms of transport (cars, buses, coaches, trains and taxis), industry, air conditioning systems and wood burning fires to name but a few sources of pollution.
  • An exemption applies to historic vehicles (aged over 40 years) but this will not apply to Wythall's vehicles as the council considers that we run our vehicles commercially, for profit. THIS IS NOT SO! As a charity run 100% by volunteers, we do not make a profit - all income is ploughed back into maintaining/restoring our heritage vehicle fleet and running the transport museum.
  • Birmingham City Council refuses to recognise this fact and also appears not to appreciate the work of the heritage sector and what it does for the city and tourism.
  • The City of London and several other UK local authorities have already recognised the benefit of heritage and have legislated for concessions to vehicles like ours.

AND THE UPSHOT:

  • The imposition of CAZ charges on our services would have a significant effect on their viability, such that we would have to consider not running buses into the city centre, depriving the visiting public of a means to easily reach the museum and reducing road journeys on the city's roads.
  • TMW has registered its concerns on several occasions to Birmingham City Council who appear totally unwilling to consider our case.
  • We have full support from the Federation of British Historic Vehicle Clubs (FBHVC), the National Association of Road Transport Museums (NARTM) and Mr Andy Street, CBE, Mayor of the West Midlands - we need your support as well!

PLEASE CLICK HERE TO SIGN OUR PETITION

 

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