Birmingham: Clean Air Zone signs seen across the city
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Ruth Costello, 57, from West Sussex, has been receiving the £120 penalty charge notices (PCNs) since the Birmingham CAZ was launched in June. She has never driven to or in Birmingham in her Volkswagen Caravelle, even though she has received 19 PCNs.
Her vehicle is listed on the PCNs as having entered the CAZ within the A4540 Middleway Ring Road.
The Birmingham Clean Air Zone was launched in June to address the city’s pollution issues.
It is estimated that air pollution in the city is responsible for a reported 900 deaths per year.
Non-compliant vehicles are charged £8 per day for cars, taxis and LGVs and £50 a day for coaches, buses and HGVs.
It runs every hour of the day and every day of the year, with drivers being subjected to a £120 fine if they do not pay the charge within 13 days of driving in the zone.
Speaking on the matter, Ms Costello said: “It’s the head-banging frustration.
“It got to the point where I was going to get new plates for my car – and still might do that.
“I have never driven in Birmingham in a vehicle I own.
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“I am all for a Clean Air Zone – it’s a fantastic idea. But I can’t be the only person who is having this experience.
“It’s not even the same type of model as my vehicle.”
She said it was possible a car that has been picked up by a camera has a similar number plate and a screw placed near one of the letters that has made it look like the registration plate is hers.
She has let the council know each time she has received a PCN and had the first seven cancelled but the fines keep coming with the most recent one arriving last week.
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