Greater Manchester is working hard to tackle air pollution, which is damaging our health.
Unless we take action, roads across Greater Manchester will continue to have dangerously high levels of pollutants including harmful nitrogen dioxide (NO2).
The government has instructed Greater Manchester and many other areas to develop Clean Air Plans to reduce high levels of NO2 on local roads as soon as possible.
So Greater Manchester is now working together to produce a single approach for the whole city region.
Read on to find out more about our progress.
Greater Manchester has considered a wide range of measures that could help reduce roadside NO2 levels.
We have carried out extensive work to help develop a proposed package of measures.
These measures would clean up the air we breathe as quickly and effectively as possible, while also protecting local people, businesses and the economy.
We are proposing a number of government-funded schemes to help Greater Manchester HGV, bus and coach, taxi, private hire vehicle operators and businesses upgrade to cleaner vehicles.
If we receive the full government funding and drivers make the switch to cleaner vehicles, we estimate that the vast majority of vehicles would not need to pay a penalty if a Clean Air Zone was introduced.
We would not introduce a Clean Air Zone unless this funding was made available to help businesses upgrade to cleaner vehicles.
The government has said that we need to consider introducing a Clean Air Zone or Zones (CAZ).
These are areas where targeted action is taken to improve air quality, by discouraging the most polluting vehicles from entering the zone.
No vehicle is banned from travelling in a CAZ. But vehicles which do not have clean enough engines would have to pay a daily penalty if they travel in the area.
The funding to help Greater Manchester freight companies, bus and coach operators, taxi and private hire drivers and businesses move to cleaner vehicles would need to be followed by the introduction of a Clean Air Zone to help meet legal targets to clean up our air as quickly as possible.
We are proposing a Greater Manchester-wide Clean Air Zone that would not affect cars.
We would not introduce a Clean Air Zone unless government funding was made available to help businesses introduce cleaner vehicles.
The Greater Manchester-wide Clean Air Zone would be introduced in two phases:
Phase 1: (from 2021) daily penalty for non-compliant HGVs, buses and coaches, taxis and private hire vehicles
Phase 2: (from 2023) expanding to non-compliant vans and minibuses
As well as cars, the following vehicles wouldn’t be liable for a penalty payment as their engines are cleaner.
Exemptions or discounts would also apply, details of which will be developed through engagement and consultation with businesses and residents.
There would be a daily penalty payment for non-compliant vehicles entering the proposed Clean Air Zone. The following indicative penalty payments are estimates for the proposals. They will be further considered and informed through engagement and consultation activity.
The 10 local authorities will now be asked to consider the Outline Business Case for the proposals.
The Outline Business Case will be submitted to government by 31 March 2019.
A public conversation in early summer will give an opportunity for people to give feedback and help shape the detailed proposals.
A statutory consultation will also follow, giving another opportunity for comment and feedback.
Feedback will be taken into consideration before proposals are resubmitted to local authorities for further consideration and approval.
A Full Business Case would then be developed by the end of 2019.
Subject to government funding, measures would be introduced by 2021.
Please get in touch now if you want to give us feedback on proposed package of measures, or if you want to speak to someone about changing or upgrading your vehicle.
Find out more about work already under way in Greater Manchester to help reduce air pollution.