Just yesterday (Tuesday), car tax changes were introduced in Birmingham.

The new force means that certain drivers are required to pay an £8 fee for passing through the city centre.

It was originally launched in January but there was a delay after issues with the vehicle checking software.

But now the changes introduced means Heavy Goods Vehicles like lorries, buses and coaches could be forced to pay a higher £50 fee.

The new Clean Air Zone will cover roads inside the A5450 Middleway Ring Road including many of the city's biggest attractions.

Also it is believed 25% of Birmingham's traffic will need to pay the charge and are non-compliant with the new regulations.

Sarah MacFayden, head of policy at Asthma UK and the British Lung Foundation, believes the changes will be great for public health.

She said: "Birmingham's Clean Air Zone is a game-changer for public health in the city centre and sets the precedent for the rapid roll-out of clean air plans right across the West Midlands that will protect future generations from the dangers of breathing in dirty air.

"Air pollution is an invisible killer that causes new lung conditions such as lung cancer and worsens existing ones. [It has] the potential to trigger life-threatening asthma attacks and flare-ups and can even stunt the growth of children's lungs.

"While we congratulate Birmingham City Council for introducing such a robust clean air zone, which crucially includes restrictions on private vehicles."

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She added: "We are now urging politicians to go further and clear up pollution hotspots throughout the region.

"We need to see wider action to tackle toxic air including safer streets for walking and cycling, cleaner public transport and pollution-busting schemes outside of all schools."

This scheme has been introduced to meet the city's air pollution targets and to change the behaviour around emissions.

It is hoped the project will also encourage people to take public transport or use their bicycles for short journeys.

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