Greater Manchester Clean Air Zone

and Financial Support Scheme

The Clean Air Zone

The Greater Manchester-wide charging Clean Air Zone is due to be introduced on 30 May 2022, with some discounts and exemptions. It’s designed to protect everyone’s health by bringing harmful nitrogen dioxide air pollution at the roadside within legal limits as soon as possible.

Private cars, motorbikes and mopeds won’t be affected. But some vehicles that do not meet emissions standards (non-compliant vehicles) will be charged to drive in the Clean Air Zone.

If non-compliant, vehicles which will pay the daily charge are:

Heavy goods vehicles: £60 from 30 May 2022

Buses: £60 from 30 May 2022

Coaches: £60 from 30 May 2022 (owners of vehicles not used on a registered bus service will be able to apply for a temporary exemption until 1 June 2023)

Vans (light goods vehicles): £10 from 1 June 2023

Minibuses: £10 from 1 June 2023

Hackney cabs and private hire vehicles: £7.50 from 30 May 2022 (temporary exemption for most Greater Manchester-licensed vehicles until 1 June 2023)

Motorcaravans (motorhomes/campervans): The daily charge and date of introduction will depend on the tax class of the vehicle (see the Motorcaravan section below for more information)

We want people to switch to cleaner, compliant vehicles before the Zone is launched – and not pay a daily charge.

We have government funding to help eligible vehicle owners upgrade their vehicles. And from late January 2022 owners or registered keepers of eligible non-compliant vehicles will be able to apply for a temporary exemption or discount.

Find out if your vehicle is affected and if you are eligible for financial support or an exemption.

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Want to know more about the Clean Air Zone?

View an interactive Clean Air Zone map, find out more about daily charges, discounts and exemptions, and how the Zone will operate.

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GM Clean Air Zone due to launch 30 May 2022

More than £120m government funding available to help eligible drivers upgrade their vehicles

First phase of Financial Support Scheme applications now open for eligible HGV owners

Financial Support Scheme

We have more than £120m of government funding to help eligible Greater Manchester businesses, organisations and people switch to cleaner, compliant vehicles. The Clean Air Zone Financial Support Scheme will help people to either replace or retrofit non-compliant vehicles so that they meet emissions standards.

Funding will initially be targeted to support micro-businesses, sole traders, the voluntary sector and private owners to upgrade to compliant vehicles. Financial support will be available as a lump sum grant, contribution towards vehicle financing, or a combination of the two. The amount of support available will depend on the vehicle type and size.

The scheme is currently open for applications from eligible HGV owners. Other eligible vehicle applications will follow in late January 2022. Applications are made through a secure online account. You will need provide information about yourself, your vehicle and your business or organisation.

More information on the application process and Financial Support Scheme funding options is available on the relevant vehicle pages below.

Find out if your vehicle is affected and whether you may be eligible for financial support.

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Vehicles included in the Clean Air Zone

Private cars, mopeds and motorbikes are NOT Included in the Zone.

The following categories of vehicles are included in the Greater Manchester Clean Air Zone.

Van/light goods vehicle (LGV) & minibus

This could include car-derived vans, panel or box vans, pickups, flatbed trucks, motorised horseboxes (up to 3.5t when carrying a load), and passenger vehicles with between eight and 16 seats (not used as a taxi or private hire vehicle).

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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 and up to 44t).

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Taxi and 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 nine or more passenger seats.

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Motorcaravan (motorhome / campervan)

This includes any vehicle classed as a ‘motorcaravan’ body type on its V5C log book.

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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 can I do to help reduce air pollution?

Are you contributing to air pollution? There are plenty of ways we can all help reduce air pollution. The single biggest thing we can all do is drive less, where possible.

See our suggestions for more simple changes you can make to reduce and avoid air pollution.

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Are you a vehicle dealer?

You can get involved in the Clean Air Zone and Financial Support Scheme by becoming an accredited vehicle dealer.

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  • Keep up to date on the latest Financial Support Scheme news

  • Find out when eligible vehicle owners can apply for an exemption or daily charge discount

  • Get the latest Clean Air Zone updates

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