On 10th October Motor Transport hosted a second Birmingham Clean Air Roadshow to provide vital information and support to HGV and van operators ahead of the city’s Clean Air Zone rollout by July 2020.
At this free-to-attend, half-day event attendees heard directly from Birmingham City Council about the scheme’s launch plans and the essential actions operators must take to ensure fleet compliancy.
Delegates heard from vehicle experts about market-ready and emerging alternatively-fuelled commercial vehicles and their uses, as well as public-access infrastructure to refuel them.
Throughout the event, Birmingham City Council was on hand to talk to affected businesses about fleet upgrades, available grants, time-frame to comply and how the scheme will be enforced.
Operators were also able to take a tour of the UK first low and zero carbon refuelling station at Tyseley Energy Park. This new refuelling hub offers natural gas, hydrogen, electric and biofuel options for commercial vehicle users.
REGISTRATION, TEA/COFFEE, & EXHIBITION
MORNING CONFERENCE SESSION
Chair’s welcome / housekeeping
Councillor Waseem Zaffar, Cabinet Member for Transport and Environment at Birmingham City Council
Birmingham Clean Air Zone launch plans
Sylvia Broadley, Energy & Sustainable Transport Manager, Planning & Regeneration, Birmingham City Council
Q&A with delegates
WORKSHOP BREAKOUT SESSIONS
Delegates will be streamed into three groups and will attend three 45 minute workshops (with comfort breaks between 11.00-11.15, and again between 12.00-12.15).
Session 1 Preparing for the Clean Air Zone
A range of experts share practical advice on the wider support available on your clean air journey; give first-hand experience of running electric vehicles; and retrofitting of commercial vehicles to comply with the CAZ.
Session 2 Clean fuels and rental potential
Session 3 Outside vehicle tour
Explore a wide selection of alternatively fuelled and Euro-6 lorries, vans and buses. Including CNG, electric and hydrogen examples of commercial vehicles on the market today.
LUNCH & NETWORKING
TYSELEY ENERGY PARK TOUR (optional, delegates to book in advance)