Birmingham Clean Air Zone Enters Operation
The start of this month saw Birmingham City Council launch its new Clean Air Zone (CAZ), with the scheme being enforced from this week (14 June onwards). Siemens Mobility Limited designed and installed the scheme, which has the company’s Sicore II automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) camera at its heart.
The solution covers the area within Birmingham’s A4540 Middleway (but not the Middleway itself) and has been designed to encourage the drivers of the most polluting vehicles to upgrade or replace their vehicle, with 67 monitoring and enforcement cameras installed at locations across the city.
“Although the air quality in our towns and cities improved during periods of lockdown, once restrictions were eased, we saw a steady increase in the number of vehicles on our roads and a reduction in air quality levels. As a result, local authorities such as Birmingham have forged ahead with clean air zone plans to drive improvements in air quality and support environmental and health benefits.
“Building on our work in London and elsewhere, we’re delighted that our market-leading ANPR-based enforcement solution is now operational in Birmingham and look forward to more schemes being rolled out in the future.”
The initial two-week ‘soft launch’ provided drivers with time to prepare for the scheme, review the support available and consider alternatives to driving through the zone – including considering walking, cycling or using public transport where possible, especially for shorter journeys.
“The launch of payments for the Government-mandated Clean Air Zone is the latest step on our journey to create a clean air city.
“The Clean Air Zone will help us to address the single biggest environmental risk to public health and I have been clear from the beginning of the scheme that we wanted to make its introduction fair and reasonable. Today marks the start of important change.”
Siemens Mobility’s ANPR cameras now identify and register every vehicle that enters the Birmingham CAZ 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. It is anticipated that the system will capture details of around 200,000 vehicles per day, a small percentage of which are expected to be contraventions.
Proven in applications worldwide, more than 1,000 Siemens Mobility ANPR cameras are installed and enforcing schemes in the UK alone. The Sicore II cameras provide three-lane coverage with just a single camera, together with industry-leading image quality and number plate read accuracy, providing effective enforcement for residential, city, rural and motorway environments.
This article was originally published by Siemens plc.
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