“This is the right call from Councillor Waseem Zaffar [Cabinet Member for Transport] and Birmingham City Council as they focus on the impact of #COVID19 in Birmingham.
“I fully back their decision to request a pause on the #CAZ launch, and will be writing to Government ministers in support.”
Letter to Secretary of State
Dear Secretary of State,
I am writing regarding the proposed delay of Birmingham’s Clean Air Zone in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.
I understand that Councillor Waseem Zaffar, Cabinet Member for Transport at Birmingham City Council, has written to you regarding a proposed delay to the Clean Air Zone implementation. In his letter Councillor Zaffar states that COVID-19 is having a profound impact on the economy of the city and its preparations for the Clean Air Zone. He states that businesses are rightly focused on trying to support their employees through an extraordinary situation rather than upgrade their vehicle fleets.
I echo Councillor Zaffar’s concerns that low income workers and residents are focused on ensuring their families stay safe and healthy, and applying for exemptions and mitigation measures in response to the Clean Air Zone is not their priority. It is essential that my constituents in Birmingham Ladywood concentrate on the wellbeing of their families and their communities during this unprecedented time.
I wholeheartedly support the calls from Birmingham City Council requesting a postponement to the launch of Birmingham’s Clean Air Zone. It is the right thing to do for my constituents, their families and businesses, and the city of Birmingham.
I understand that as part of any delay the Council would require a formal variation to be issued to the Ministerial direction dated 11 March 2019. Please could you advise at the earliest opportunity what steps the Government plans to take to support Birmingham City Council in its request to postpone the Clean Air Zone.
I look forward to receiving your response.
Shabana Mahmood MP
Member of Parliament for Birmingham Ladywood