Clean air plans

The background

Air pollution is linked to a range of very serious health conditions, including cancer, heart disease, stroke and asthma. It contributes to around 1,200 early deaths in Greater Manchester every year, harming our health and our economy.

Government has directed Greater Manchester and many other areas to bring nitrogen dioxide (NO2) levels on local roads within legal limits as soon as possible. The fastest way to do this is a Clean Air Zone.

The 10 Greater Manchester local authorities have worked together to consider a wide range of measures to tackle air pollution, alongside a Clean Air Zone. Together, these form the Greater Manchester Clean Air Plan.

The proposed Clean Air Zone

The proposed ‘category C’ charging Clean Air Zone would cover local roads across the whole of Greater Manchester from 2021. It would operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

The most polluting commercial vehicles would pay a daily charge to travel on local roads in the Zone. Private cars, motorbikes and mopeds would not be charged. The Zone would be enforced by a network of Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) cameras.

The costs of introducing a Clean Air Zone are covered by government. We’re not aiming to make money from the Zone – any income would cover its running costs and any leftover money would be spent on improving local transport.

Clean vehicle funding

We’ve also asked government for Clean Vehicle Funds. These would help those people whose livelihoods depend on a van, taxi or private hire vehicle.

Financial support would be available to help them upgrade to a cleaner vehicle which would not be subject to the daily charge.

It would also help support the shift to cleaner lorries and bus fleets in Greater Manchester.

Potential affected vehicles

The following vehicles could be liable to pay a daily charge to drive in the Clean Air Zone if they have high polluting engines. They are all commercial or passenger vehicles that use our local roads more than private cars.

Light Goods Vehicle (LGV)

This includes vans, minibuses and motorised horseboxes (3.5t and under).

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Heavy Goods Vehicle (HGV)

This includes lorries with two axles, rigid/articulated lorries with more than two axles and motorised horseboxes (over 3.5t).

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Taxi & Private Hire Vehicle (PHV)

This includes London-style ‘black cabs’ and other vehicles licensed as hackney carriages or private hire vehicles.

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Bus and coach

These are vehicles designed to carry passengers, with more than 16 passenger seats.

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Check your vehicle

See if your vehicle could be liable for a daily charge to travel in the proposed Greater Manchester-wide Clean Air Zone.*

Has your vehicle been retrofitted to meet the Euro retro 6 standard?

*The Clean Air Plan proposals are still being developed, so the results of this vehicle checker are only a guide. In the meantime, please contact us at info@cleanairgm.com if your vehicle type isn’t listed. And sign up at the bottom of the page for the latest news and updates on our proposals.

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Fill in the questions to see what class of vehicle you own and whether you’re liable for a daily charge

*The Clean Air Plan proposals are still being developed, so the results of this vehicle checker are only a guide. In the meantime, please contact us at info@cleanairgm.com if your vehicle type isn’t listed. And sign up at the bottom of the page for the latest news and updates on our proposals.

Other Clean Air Plan measures

We’ve developed a range of supporting measures to help Greater Manchester’s people and businesses clean up our air. These are included in the proposed Clean Air Plan and would be funded by government.

Electric vehicles

We want to almost treble the number of electric vehicle charging points in Greater Manchester.

We’re asking government for funding to install another 300 rapid charging points. Some of these would be for electric taxis and private hire vehicles only.

We’ll also hold events to give people and businesses the information and support they need to upgrade to an electric vehicle.

Parking

A review of council parking policies.

Greener transport

We’ll give Greater Manchester’s businesses and communities the information and support they need to help them make the switch to cleaner, greener, sustainable travel.

Council fleets

Upgrading local authority fleets, such as gritters and park maintenance vehicles.

Bus travel

Working with bus operators to support increased local bus travel.

Where we’re up to

The Clean Air Plan process has a number of legal and statutory stages. Scroll to find out more.

Our Network

‘Our Network’ sets out everything Greater Manchester wants to achieve over the next 10 years to improve our public transport and walking and cycling networks.

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Air Quality Management Area

Greater Manchester is already taking action to reduce air pollution in areas that are likely to exceed the national air quality objective.

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Greater Manchester Low Emission Strategy

Looking at ways to tackle road transport emissions and reduce carbon dioxide emissions.

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Air Quality Action Plan

Greater Manchester’s existing plan looking at ways to tackle road transport emissions.

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What can you do?

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