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The new scrappage scheme will offer some finance to drivers who work within the new Clean Air Zone launching on 1 June, Eligible drivers must also earn less than £30,000 and therefore unable to purchase a model off their own back.

Eligible drivers must also have been the car’s owner or keeper since at least 10 September 2018.

Drivers must also work at least 18 hours a week inside the Clean Air Zone to receive the offer.

Drivers will then receive up to £2,000 to get rid of their polluting vehicles which can be used as ‘travel credit’ on public services.

Motorists will also be able to use the £2,000 towards buying a vehicle which meets the new emissions standards set out by the Clean Air Zone.

Drivers who are interested in the scheme will need to submit an application.

If this is approved, drivers’ details will be passed onto Motorpoint to arrange for their car to be scrapped.

Councillor Waseem Zafferm said the new scheme would help tackle “the source of their problem”.

He added the new scheme would “encourage more people” to use alternative modes of transport instead of relying on their cars.

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He said: “Every year, up to 1,000 people in Birmingham are dying prematurely from conditions linked to air pollution including cancer, heart and lung disease.

“This is an unacceptable situation. Clean air should be a basic right, not a luxury and just because it is invisible it does not mean we should ignore it.

“The Clean Air Zone will help improve air quality within our city and the Vehicle Scrappage and Travel Credit Scheme helps tackle the source of the problem by removing the most polluting vehicles from our roads.

“We also need to encourage more people to use public transport as an alternative to the car, especially for shorter journeys.

“That is why I am particularly excited by the partnership with TfWM [Transport for West Midlands].”

Birmingham’s Clean Air Zone was supposed to go live last year but was delayed as a result of the pandemic.

The scheme will see the most polluting models charged to enter the city centre which is likely to restrict commuters.

The zone will run within the A4540 Middleway road but will not cover the popular Middleway itself.

Kevin Cartwright, General Manager of Motorpoint Birmingham said the firm has “hundreds” of low mileage cars which were compliant with the new Clean Air Zone restrictions.

He said: “We’re delighted to see the Clean Air Zone Vehicle Scrappage and Travel Scheme go live and with it the opportunity to further reduce the levels of nitrogen dioxide emissions in the city.

“Motorpoint has hundreds of low mileage, nearly new vehicles all under warranty available at its branches across the city – every one of which is Clean Air Zone compliant.

“Plus, with our Sameday Driveaway service, people can choose, test drive and buy, all in the space of a couple of hours.

“We would definitely recommend anyone thinking of taking advantage of the scheme to go online and start their car buying journey at or alternatively pop into their nearest Motorpoint branch.”

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