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  1. Concern for hauliers amid Clean Air Zone charges

    The Road Haulage Association said it had concerns about the impact the Clean Air Zone would have on drivers.

    HGV vehicles, which don't meet emissions standards for the zone, face a charge of £50 per day for driving in central Birmingham.

    Tom Cotton, head of policy and infrastructure at the association, said the charge would greatly affect smaller haulage firms, who can not afford to upgrade their vehicles, and will struggle to absorb charges meaning they will will be passed down to customers.

    Stock image of HGV being unloaded

    He said there should have been a more “structured” introduction, to allow companies to get ready.

    “We may have members in the Birmingham area, in fact I am sure sure we do, who have recently bought vehicles only to find they now face being fined or having to pay the charge, which creates a raft of problems economically for businesses who have just been through a pandemic," he said.

    “A year ago road freight were key workers, keeping the shops supplied, providing medicines, now they are the pariahs of the universe if you like because of clean air zones.”

    Birmingham City Council has previously said air pollution contributed to 900 premature deaths a year in the city and it faced a £60m fine if it failed to implement the zone.

  2. Children's hospital visitor Clean Air Zone voucher launch

    Visitors who drive to Birmingham's Children Hospital in a vehicle that would be subject to Clean Air Zone charges will be exempt through a voucher scheme, Birmingham City Council said.

    People attending an appointment at Birmingham Children's Hospital, Bath Row Medical Practice, Badger Medical Centre and the mass vaccination centre at Millennium Point will be given a single-use code that can be redeemed through the Brum Breathes website.

    Vouchers will also be needed for vehicles which do not meet emissions standards.

    Birmingham Children's Hospital

    Vouchers can be redeemed six days in advance of a visit, the day of a visit, or six days after.

    Councillor Waseem Zaffar said: “It was particularly important that we support patients and parents visiting these locations so I’m really pleased that this scheme is in place at the point we start applying the Clean Air Zone daily fee.”

  3. World cup stopwatch fetches over £4k at auction

    The stopwatch used by referee Jack Taylor to time the 1974 World Cup final has fetched £4,210.80 at auction in Birmingham.

    It was used by Wolverhampton-born Taylor to time the fastest goal ever scored in a World Cup final, a penalty by Johan Neeskens in the second minute.

    The stopwatch, with is engraved with the official 1974 World Cup logo and Jack Taylor’s initials was entered into auction by his family.

    The watch

    Fellows Auctioneers, which hosted the sale, said it believes the watch would have been gifted to Mr Taylor by Fifa.

    Steven Yambo, senior watch specialist at the auction house, said it was a "delight" to auction a piece of "footballing history".

  4. Man bailed in murder probe

    A 34-year-old man arrested on suspicion of murder has been bailed pending further inquiries, West Midlands Police said.

    The 26-year-old victim was discovered by a relative at his home in Olton, Solihull, on 7 June

    The force said it was called to the house on Scott Road but nothing could be done to save the man.

    Scott Road
  5. Trams still out of action

    Tram services in the West Midlands remain suspended today and will not resume until the end of Monday at the earliest.

    A tram

    The fleet was taken out of service on Friday by West Midlands Metro, which runs the network between Birmingham and Wolverhampton.

    Maintenance checks by the manufacturer, CAF, turned up minor cracks on the chassis of one of the trams and all 21 needed inspecting.

    Midland Metro Ltd said the inspections would take until the end of Monday leading to calls to suspend Birmingham's Clean Air Zone charges, due to start this morning.

  6. Three taken to hospital after car hits bus stop

    Three people were taken to hospital after a car overturned and crashed into a bus stop.

    West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Woodgate Lane, Birmingham, at 20:59 on Sunday.

    Crews found a car badly damaged and three male patients, all of whom had been inside the vehicle.

    Woodgate Lane

    “Two of the patients were treated for serious injuries before being taken to Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham, on blue lights and sirens," it said.

    "The third patient was treated for potentially serious injuries before being taken to the same hospital.”

  7. Today's weather: Mostly dry but temperatures starting to drop

    After a scorching weekend, today will mostly be dry with some sun, but a cold front moving in will mean cooler temperatures in the north of the region, and will bring with it some showers.

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    Video caption: After the heat of the weekend, cooler temperatures are on their way.
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  9. Almost 11 million vaccinated in the Midlands, says mayor

    The number of people who have been vaccinated in the Midlands has nearly reached 11 million, West Midlands mayor Andy Street says.

    But he is urging anyone who has not yet received their jab to have it to protect against variant strains.

    In England, people aged 25 and over can now have a jab of either Pfizer-BioNtech, Oxford-AstraZeneca, and Moderna.

    The Pfizer and AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccines are highly effective against the variant first identified in India after two doses, a study from Public Health England has found.

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    Video caption: Reading charity looks to address literacy problems

    Read Easy UK says some clients managed to hide their literacy problems from their own family.

  11. People urged to get Covid-19 vaccine amid case rise

    People in Dudley are being urged to get their vaccine when called, as Covid-19 cases rise in the area

    There are currently 33.9 cases per 100,000 residents in Dudley borough - a 67.8% increase compared to figures recorded four weeks ago.

    Dudley Council said there were particularly high rates in Halesowen, Brierley Hill and Kingswinford South areas.

    The largest number of cases is in the 10 to 19 age group with the second largest number of cases being in the 30 to 39 age group, it said.

    Stock image of someone getting a vaccination

    Councillor Nicolas Barlow said: "We are at a pivotal point in our fight against the pandemic and, despite the amazing progress we are making with the vaccine rollout, Covid-19 continues to present us with huge challenges.

    "Vaccination is going well in Dudley borough but we need to do more and the most important action we can take is to get our vaccine when offered."