Next steps for Greater Manchester Clean Air Zone

You might have heard about the Greater Manchester Clean Air Zone and are wondering if you are affected and what it means for you.

Greater Manchester is under a legal direction from government to meet stringent long-term annual standards for harmful nitrogen dioxide air pollution, which contributes to 1,200 deaths in Greater Manchester each year.

The first phase of the Clean Air Zone is due to launch on 30 May 2022 affecting buses, HGVs, taxis and private hire vehicles licensed outside Greater Manchester, and coaches which don’t meet emission standards, with some exemptions. Most vehicles in Greater Manchester are not affected and private cars mopeds or motorbikes are not included.

New evidence has highlighted vehicle supply chain issues which could affect people’s ability to upgrade, particularly vans. This would impact Greater Manchester’s ability to achieve better air quality and protect people’s health.

We are asking government for permission to pause the next phase of funding for vans, LGVs, minibuses, coaches and Greater Manchester-licensed taxis and private hire vehicles, which was due to open at the end of January 2022.

Find out more about the Zone and what this means for you.

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Greater Manchester Clean Air Zone:

Vehicle and financial support checker

Is my vehicle affected and am I eligible to apply for funding?

Answer a few questions to check:

  • If your vehicle is included in the Clean Air Zone
  • If you are eligible to apply for financial support to replace or retrofit your vehicle
  • More information about your options
Before you start: you might like to have your V5C vehicle logbook to hand to check your vehicle tax class and body type.

What is air pollution?

You can’t always see it, but air pollution is all around us. It comes from many sources and can be very damaging to our health.

We can breathe harmful gases and tiny particles deep into our lungs. Some of the smallest particles may also pass into our blood streams.

By learning more about air pollution you can help tackle it and protect your health.

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