Car tax: Driver fined despite never going to Birmingham CAZ, blames ‘cloned’ number plate

Birmingham: Clean Air Zone signs seen across the city

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Richard Gregory-Gibbons, from Staffordshire, says a driver with the exact same car and same licence plate is frequently travelling through Birmingham’s CAZ zone and claims his registration plate was “cloned”. This case of mistaken identity has left him inundated with penalty charge notices (PCN).


The 56-year-old said the first few letters he received to his home address were worrying, then several more became “amusing”.

But now – nearly 30 letters later – he says it’s just “annoying.”

Birmingham’s Clean Air Zone launched on June 1 2021 and operates 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

The charges are applied daily and is designed to reduce levels of air pollution in the city centre.

Drivers with non-compliant vehicles are charged £8 per day for cars, taxis and LGVs.

Those with higher polluting coaches, buses and HGVs are charged £50.

If drivers do not pay the charge during the allocated 13-day payment, they will be subject to a PCN of £120.

This is reduced to £60 if paid within 14 days.


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The dad-of-three, who runs a cake business with his wife, has to appeal each fine individually via Birmingham City Council’s website.

He said he has now bookmarked the appeal site for speed.

Despite having a West Midlands Police log number to report his number plate had been cloned, the letters are still coming.

He’s had a total of 27 PCN letters for the CAZ – including six that came in a single day – three for bus lane fines and a warning letter for CAZ.

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