Clean Air Zone proposals

Greater Manchester-wide Clean Air Zone

Central government has directed us to introduce a ‘category C’ Greater Manchester-wide Clean Air Zone. Vans, buses, coaches, taxis, private hire vehicles, minibuses and heavy goods vehicles that do not meet certain emissions standards will have to pay a daily charge to drive in the Zone. Private cars, motorbikes and mopeds are not included.

The Zone would operate 24/7 and follow as closely as possible the administrative boundary of Greater Manchester. It includes local roads but not motorways, or major trunk roads, which Highways England is responsible for.

We’re seeking your views on the proposed boundary and operating hours.

Take part in the consultation

Anyone can take part in the consultation. Please share your views on the proposals to make our air cleaner and healthier for everyone.

Clean Air Zone proposed daily charges

It’s proposed that a daily charge would apply to some non-compliant vehicles when the Clean Air Zone is due to launch in spring 2022. Non-compliant vans and minibuses would not pay a charge until 2023. We’re seeking views on the following daily charges – and the penalty charge for non-payment.

Buses, coaches and Heavy Good Vehicles (HGV)
£60 (from spring 2022)

Taxis and private hire vehicles
£7.50 (from spring 2022)

Light goods vehicles (LGV) such as vans, and minibuses
£10 (temporary exemption until 2023)

Penalty Charge Notice (PCN) of £120, payable in addition to the unpaid daily charge (reduced to £60 if paid within 14 days).

Proposed discounts and exemptions

Some vehicles will be exempt from a daily charge. The Government’s Clean Air Zone Framework has permanent exemptions for historic vehicles, military vehicles, disabled passenger vehicles and specialist emergency service vehicles.

We are seeking your views on further local exemptions and discounts proposed for the Greater Manchester Clean Air Zone.

Clean vehicle funding support

We’re asking government for a £150m+ package of funding to support people and businesses affected by the proposals. It’s proposed that this would be targeted to help those people whose livelihoods depend on using a van, taxi or private hire vehicle.

  • Clean Commercial Vehicles Fund – c. £98m
  • Clean Taxi Fund – c. 28m
  • Clean Bus Fund – c. £98m
  • ‘Try before you buy’ hackney carriage fund – TBC
  • Taxi electric vehicle infrastructure – £6.5m
  • Hardship Fund – c. £10m

Through these funds we want to support Greater Manchester’s smaller local businesses, sole traders and the voluntary sector to upgrade their vehicle before the Clean Air Zone is introduced. This would mean they would not have to pay a daily charge to travel in the Zone. Of the total request, £41m funding is already confirmed by government and further awards are anticipated.

Eligible van, heavy goods vehicle, bus, coach, taxi, private hire vehicle or minibus owners in Greater Manchester would be able to apply for financial support. This would be as a lump sum grant or contribution towards vehicle financing.

Check your vehicle

The category C Clean Air Zone vehicle categories and minimum emission standards are set out in the Clean Air Zone framework in Appendix 1 of the consultation document.*

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.

Your answer...

Fill in the questions to see what class of vehicle you own and whether you would have to pay a daily charge to travel in the Greater Manchester Clean Air Zone.

*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.

Give your views during consultation

We need your views to help shape the final Clean Air Plan before we submit it to government. Please join in the consultation between 8 October and 3 December 2020.

Next steps

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

A consultation on the proposed Greater Manchester Minimum Licensing Standards for taxis and private hire vehicles is running at the same time. This is to give to as much certainty and clarity as possible for the trade on any proposed changes required to their vehicles.

Visit gmtaxistandards.com to find out more.