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The Clean Air Zone

The Greater Manchester-wide charging Clean Air Zone is due to be introduced on 30 May 2022. Vehicles that do not meet emissions standards (non-compliant vehicles) will be charged to drive in the Clean Air Zone. There will be some discounts and exemptions.

You will need to pay a £60 daily charge to travel in the Zone if:

  • You own an N2 or N3 category vehicle – e.g. an articulated or rigid HGV, flatbed lorry, two-axle lorry, motorcaravan with an HGV tax classification (over 3.5t) or motorised horsebox (over 3.5t).


  • It has a Euro V or earlier diesel engine (typically registered before 2013).

We want to support affected vehicle owners in Greater Manchester to upgrade to cleaner, compliant vehicles and not have to pay a charge. Answer a few questions to see if your vehicle is included in the Zone and eligible for a discount or exemption, and/or funding.

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£7.6m government funding available to help eligible HGV owners upgrade their vehicles

Non-compliant HGVs pay daily Clean Air Zone charge from 30 May 2022

Financial Support Scheme HGV applications now open

Financial support to upgrade to cleaner vehicles

Greater Manchester has £7.6m of government funding to help eligible businesses, organisations and people who own HGVs to move to cleaner, compliant vehicles.

Funding will not be available to replace or retrofit all non-compliant vehicles. It will initially be targeted to support micro-businesses, self-employed people, sole traders, charities, social enterprises, and private owners and registered keepers of a non-compliant vehicle. Subject to available funding, there will be a second round of funding open to small businesses, in addition to the vehicle owners above.

The Financial Support Scheme is open for HGV applications. Please apply as early as possible to have the best chance of being successful.

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Funding options

You can apply for financial support to either retrofit or replace your vehicle. Applications are limited to a maximum of five vehicles per applicant, for a mix of vehicle types.

Retrofitting your vehicle

A range of accredited vehicle retrofit options are now available that achieve emissions equivalent to Euro VI level. You can check if a retrofit solution is available for your vehicle at the Energy Saving Trust website.

You can apply for:

  • a grant of up to £16,000 per vehicle towards retrofit to a compliant standard via a Clean Vehicle Retrofit Accreditation Scheme (CVRAS)-certified system

Replacing your vehicle

You can also apply for a grant, or affordable vehicle financing, of up to £12,000 towards a compliant replacement vehicle, through an accredited dealership. Finance options contribute to the cost of financing a replacement vehicle, with the applicant paying in instalments for an agreed period. The amount available depends on the vehicle size:

  • 44t HGV (up to 44t): up to £6,500

  • 32t rigid HGV (over 26t and up to 32t): up to £12,000

  • 26t rigid HGV (over 18t and up to 26t): up to £9,000

  • 18t rigid HGV (over 7.5t and up to 18t): up to £7,000

  • Up to 7.5t rigid HGV (over 3.5t and up to 7.5t): up to £5,000

Getting ready to apply

Is your vehicle non-compliant? Are you eligible for a discount, exemption and/or financial support? If you’re not sure, answer a few questions using our vehicle and funding checker tool.

Vehicle and Financial Support checker

Apply for funding

Please make sure you have read all the information on this page, including the terms and conditions and key facts below, before starting your application.

How do I qualify for financial support?

The Financial Support Scheme is open for HGV applications. Applicants will need to meet the following criteria:

  • Own a micro-business, be self-employed or a sole trader, a charity, a social enterprise OR a private owner/registered keeper of a non-compliant vehicle. (Subject to available funding, there will be a second round of funding open to small businesses, in addition to the vehicle owners above.)

  • Be the registered keeper of a non-compliant vehicle with a valid MOT (or annual test), Vehicle Excise Duty (road tax) and insurance.

  • Have a main (or only) residential address OR a registered business address in Greater Manchester for at least 12 months immediately before applying for funding support.

What documents and information will I need?

Prepare now by making sure you have the following information ready to apply for funding:

  • Your V5C, to upload a digital copy

  • Vehicle registration number

  • Vehicle Identification Number (VIN)

  • Contact details

  • Company OR charity OR social enterprise OR business trading OR personal name/number

  • Registered address or trading address, if different from registered address

What other support is available?

You may not be eligible for support to upgrade your vehicle from the Greater Manchester Financial Support Scheme.

If you are eligible, this does not guarantee a funding award. The available government funding will be targeted to support vehicle owners who need it the most to clean up the most polluting eligible vehicles.

Make sure you find out more about other support and funding that may be available to you.

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More information

The following types of vehicle will automatically be exempt from the charge:

  • Historic - built before 1 January 1981 and pays no Vehicle Excise Duty (road tax).

  • Non-road mobile machinery - certain types of non-roadgoing vehicles which are allowed to drive on the highway such as agricultural machines, diggers and mobile cranes.

Owners of the following types of vehicle will be able to apply for a permanent local exemption from the charge:

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

  • Specialist Heavy Goods Vehicle – with a Special Types, Special Vehicles, Recovery Vehicle, Special Concessionary or Limited Use tax classification. (Please see page 8 of the Greater Manchester Clean Air Plan Policy for further details.)

Find out more about discounts and exemptions.

Applications will be made through a secure online account. You will need to provide information about yourself, your vehicle and your business or organisation. Once we have received your application we will verify your details by checking them against external data sources. You can expect to hear if your application has been successful within three weeks.

If you are successful, you will be given a fund award notification (FAN) once you have accepted the terms and conditions. The FAN will set out the options available to you, so you can explore what will best meet your needs.

The funding will be paid directly to accredited suppliers of retrofit and replacement upgrade options. You will need to trade in your non-compliant vehicle. This will ensure that your vehicle is either replaced by a compliant vehicle on a like-for-like basis, or upgraded using a Clean Vehicle Retrofit Accreditation Scheme (CVRAS)-certified emission reduction system.

Visit our accredited dealership page to see the latest information on dealers who can supply you with a compliant vehicle.

You would not be eligible for funding if you have already retrofitted your vehicle or purchased a replacement, as your vehicle would not be subject to daily charges.

If you can demonstrate that you have placed an order for a compliant replacement vehicle or retrofit solution, but have not received it yet, you may be eligible for a temporary exemption to Clean Air Zone daily charges. This would apply until you have your compliant replacement vehicle, or for 12 weeks, or until 31 May 2023, whichever is sooner. Following 31 May 2023, non-compliant vehicles will be charged.

Please sign up to be notified when you can apply.

Find out more about discounts and exemptions.

Eligible owners/registered keepers of HGVs with a DVLA Private HGV tax class (this may include some horseboxes, for example) will be able to apply for a discount to the Clean Air Zone daily charge. If you are eligible, your non-compliant vehicle would be liable for a £10 daily charge instead of £60.

You can use the vehicle and funding checker to see if you’re eligible to apply for a discounted daily charge. Please sign up to be notified when discount applications are open from January 2022.

We can't give advice on products offered by accredited finance providers. You should contact the respective finance provider who will be able to explain the product in more detail so that you can determine whether it meets the beliefs of your faith and its provisions for lending

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Register now to be notified when you can apply for an exemption or discount (if you're eligible) and when there's a Clean Air Zone update.

Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) is the Data Controller of personal information provided in this form.

The Clean Air Zone

Find out more about roads included in the Greater Manchester Clean Air Zone, how it will work, daily charges, and other vehicles included in the Zone.

More Clean Air Zone information

Do you have a different vehicle type? Or are you a vehicle dealer? Click on the link below to go to the relevant page.

Taxi/PHV / Van/minibus / Bus and coach / Motorcaravan / Vehicle dealer

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.