Greater Manchester Clean Air Zone

exemptions and discounts

The Greater Manchester Clean Air Zone

The Greater Manchester (GM) Clean Air Zone is due to launch in two phases from 30 May 2022. Private cars, mopeds and motorbikes are not included in the zone. Daily charges will apply to certain non-compliant vehicles that do not meet government emission standards.

From 30 May 2022 the Zone will include non-compliant:

  • Buses, coaches without a temporary exemption, non-GM licensed hackney cabs and private hire vehicles, heavy goods vehicles (including some motorcaravans and horse transporters).

From 1 June 2023 the Zone will ALSO include non-compliant:

  • Coaches, GM-licensed hackney cabs and private hire vehicles, minibuses, and light goods vehicles (including vans and some motorcaravans and horse transporters).

You will not pay a daily charge to drive in Greater Manchester’s Clean Air Zone if your vehicle meets required emission standards.

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Exemptions and discounts

National and local exemptions from Clean Air Zone daily charges are available to support vital services, owners of hard-to-replace vehicles, vulnerable groups, and vehicle upgrades.

You can check whether a national exemption applies to your vehicle on the GOV.UK website. If your vehicle is nationally exempt, you can drive in any Clean Air Zone in England without paying a daily charge and without further action.

There will be some permanent and temporary local exemptions, and permanent local discounts, for the GM Clean Air Zone only. Eligible applicants will be able to apply for local exemptions and discounts from late January 2022.

Please read more below and sign up to be notified when you can apply.

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Which vehicles are permanently exempt from GM Clean Air Zone charges?

Owners of non-compliant emergency service vehicles considered specialist and/or novel or adapted will be able to apply for a permanent exemption from paying GM Clean Air Zone daily charges where it may generally not be suitable to replace the vehicle. This also includes ’blue light’ vehicles:

  • Ambulances

  • Fire engines

  • Fire and Rescue Service vehicles

  • Police vehicles

If your emergency service vehicle is not listed, but you think it may be eligible for this exemption, please contact us to find out more: info@cleanairgm.com or 0161 244 1333.

Please sign up to be notified when you can apply for an exemption.

If your vehicle has one of the following DVLA classifications, you will need to apply for a permanent local exemption from paying GM Clean Air Zone daily charges:

  • Showman’s Vehicle with a tax classification ‘Showman’s HGV’ or ‘Showman’s Haulage’.

  • Special Types tax class – specified in an order under Section 44 of the Road Traffic Act 1988.

  • Special Vehicles tax class – meeting the definition of a ‘special vehicle’ under Part IV of Schedule 1 of the Vehicle Excise and Registration Act 1994 (VERA).

  • Recovery Vehicle tax class – meeting the definitions and criteria in Part V of Schedule 1 of the Vehicle Excise and Registration Act 1994 (VERA).

  • Special Concessionary tax class – meeting the definitions and criteria in paragraphs 20B, 20C, 20D, 20E, 20F, 20H or 20J of Schedule 2 of the Vehicle Excise and Registration Act 1994 (VERA).

  • Limited Use tax class – meeting the definition and criteria in paragraph 20A of Schedule 2 of the Vehicle Excise and Registration Act 1994 (VERA).

Without an exemption you would pay a daily charge to drive in the Zone from 30 May 2022.

Please sign up to be notified when you can apply for an exemption.

You will be able to apply for a permanent local exemption for the following vehicles (if they are not otherwise nationally exempt as ‘Disabled Passenger’ or ‘Disabled’ tax class vehicles):

  • Community minibuses operating with a permit under section 19 or section 22 of the Transport Act (1985), issued by the Traffic Commissioner.

  • Vehicles with a substantial and permanent adaptation specifically to suit a disabled wheelchair user’s particular needs, to enable them to travel in the vehicle or drive it.

Without an exemption you would pay to drive in the Zone from 1 June 2023.

Please sign up to be notified when you can apply for an exemption.

You will be able to apply for a permanent exemption from paying GM Clean Air Zone daily charges if your vehicle is a heritage bus or coach that is more than 20 years old and not used for hire or financial reward.

Without an exemption you would pay to drive in the Zone from 30 May 2022.

Please sign up to be notified when you can apply for an exemption.

Driver training buses owned before 3 December 2020 will have a permanent exemption. Driver training buses newly owned after this date will need to be compliant or pay the daily charge.

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Which vehicles are exempt from GM Clean Air Zone daily charges for a limited time?

Vehicles classed as vans (light goods vehicles or LGVs) and minibuses will be automatically exempt from paying the Greater Manchester Clean Air Zone daily charge until 1 June 2023.

These vehicles 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).

Taxis (hackney carriages) and PHVs licensed in Greater Manchester before or on 3 December 2020 will be automatically exempt from paying the Greater Manchester Clean Air Zone daily charge until 1 June 2023.

Non-compliant taxis and PHVs licensed in Greater Manchester after 3 December 2020 would not have a temporary exemption and so would pay the daily charge from 30 May 2022.

(All non-compliant taxis and PHVs licensed outside Greater Manchester would also pay the daily charge from 30 May 2022.)

Coaches and buses not used on a registered bus service will be eligible to apply for a temporary local exemption from paying GM Clean Air Zone daily charges until 1 June 2023.

Without an exemption you would pay to drive in the Clean Air Zone from 1 June 2023.

Please sign up to be notified when you can apply for an exemption.

Buses with a Euro V (5) or earlier diesel engine operating on Greater Manchester school bus contracts starting before 31 March 2019 and ending in July 2022 will have a temporary exemption until 1 August 2022. For further information conatct us on info@cleanairgm.com.

Owners or registered keepers of a non-compliant vehicle with outstanding finance or a lease would be eligible to apply for a temporary exemption if the agreement was entered into before 3 December 2020, and will still remain outstanding on 30 May 2022.

The exemption period will apply for one of the following three options, whichever comes soonest:

  • Until you have your replacement or retrofitted vehicle.

  • For 12 weeks from the exemption being granted (this can be extended).

  • Until 31 May 2023.

From 1 June 2023, any non-compliant vehicles will be charged. Without an exemption you would pay to drive in the Zone from 30 May 2022 or 1 June 2023 depending on your vehicle type.

Please sign up to be notified when you can apply for an exemption.

Owners or registered keepers of a non-compliant vehicle which is being replaced or retrofitted will be able to apply for a temporary local exemption to GM Clean Air Zone daily charges. You would need to demonstrate that you have placed an order for a compliant replacement vehicle or retrofit.

The exemption will apply for one of the following three options, whichever comes soonest:

  • Until you have your replacement or retrofitted vehicle.

  • For 12 weeks from the exemption being granted.

  • Until 31 May 2023.

From 1 June 2023, non-compliant vehicles will be charged.

Without an exemption you would pay to drive in the Clean Air Zone from 30 May 2022 or 1 June 2023 depending on your vehicle type.

Please sign up to be notified when you can apply for an exemption.

Permanent local discounts

Non-compliant vehicles with a DVLA Private HGV tax class and meeting the definition of a ‘special vehicle’ in paragraph 4(2)(bb) of Part IV of Schedule 1 to the VERA will qualify for a permanent discounted charge of £10 per day, rather than £60 per day. This includes some motorcaravans and horseboxes that have a Private HGV tax class.

You will need to apply for this discount. Please sign up to be notified when you can apply for an exemption.

Please note: Local exemptions and discounts will only apply in Greater Manchester’s Clean Air Zone. You may still be charged to drive in Clean Air Zones in other parts of the UK. Please visit the national government Clean Air Zone vehicle checker for information.