Birmingham city centre is considering a car ban

Birmingham City Council’s Transport Plan 2031 could see private cars banned from journeys across the city centre in the next decade under plans to cut pollution.

Under proposals, no private vehicles would be allowed to travel through the city centre and could only come in and out from certain areas. In the newly published Transport Plan the city council is also looking at rerouting the A38 and bringing in a 20mph limit on more residential roads. The city’s tunnels would be used for public transport only.

The aim is to promotes more public transport use, walking and cycling. The authority will also look to introduce measures to reduce parking and could also redevelop some of its car parks.

If it is backed by the council's cabinet on 21 January, a consultation on the plan will begin on 28 January.

It is expected that Birmingham’s Clean Air Zone (CAZ) will be introduced on 1 July 2020 and will operate 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Drivers of "non-compliant" cars will pay £8 to drive into the city centre.

The BVRLA Cars in the City report shows that there can be a future for cars in cities if managed correctly.

Members are encouraged to share their suggestions and views with BVRLA Senior Policy Adviser, Catherine Bowen.