Van/light goods vehicle

(LGV) and minibus

The Clean Air Zone

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

You will need to pay a £10 daily charge to travel in the Zone from 1 June 2023 if:

  • You own a panel or box van, car-derived van, pickup, flatbed truck, motorised horsebox (up to 3.5t when carrying a load), or minibus (between eight and 16 passenger seats).

AND

  • It has a Euro 5 or earlier diesel engine (typically registered before 2016).

OR

  • It has a Euro 3 or earlier petrol engine (typically registered before 2005).

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 an exemption and/or funding.

Vehicle and Financial Support Checker

£70m government funding available to help eligible drivers upgrade their vehicles

Non-compliant vans (LGVs) and minibuses pay daily Clean Air Zone charge from 1 June 2023

Financial Support Scheme van and minibus applications open at the end of January 2022

Financial support to upgrade to cleaner vehicles

Greater Manchester has secured £70m of government funding to help eligible businesses, organisations and people who own LGVs to move to cleaner, compliant vehicles and a further £2m for minibuses.

The Financial Support Scheme will open for van (LGV) and minibus applications from the end of January 2022. Funding will not be available to upgrade or retrofit all non-compliant vehicles. There will be separate funding rounds for eligible van and minibus owners. Subject to available funding, there will be a number of rounds of funding – please see below for more details.

Once applications are open, please apply as early as possible so you have the best chance of being successful.

Cap of five vehicles per applicant across all funding rounds.

Round 1: End of January 2022

  • micro-businesses

  • self-employed people

  • sole traders

  • charities

  • social enterprises

  • private owners/registered keepers of a non-compliant vehicle

  • Non-compliant vehicle is Euro 4 standard or older

Round 2: Date TBC

  • micro-businesses

  • self-employed people

  • sole traders

  • charities

  • social enterprises

  • private owners/registered keepers of a non-compliant vehicle

Round 3: Date TBC

  • eligible owners/registered keepers of a non-compliant vehicle

Cap of five vehicles per applicant across all funding rounds.

Round 1: End of January 2022

  • micro-businesses

  • self-employed people

  • sole traders

  • charities

  • social enterprises

  • private owners/registered keepers of a non-compliant vehicle

Round 2: Date TBC

  • eligible owners/registered keepers of a non-compliant vehicle

Funding options

If you are eligible, you will be able to apply for financial support towards EITHER:

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 £5,000 per vehicle towards retrofit to a compliant standard via a Clean Vehicle Retrofit Accreditation Scheme (CVRAS)-certified system.

Replacing your vehicle

You can apply to replace your non-compliant vehicle through an accredited dealership. Grants and finance options will be available. Finance options contribute to the cost of financing a replacement vehicle, with the applicant paying in instalments for an agreed period.

  • Replacement van (LGV) under 1.6t: grant of up to £3,500 per vehicle OR access to affordable vehicle financing.

  • Replacement van (LGV) over 1.6t and up to 3.5t): grant of up to £4,500 per vehicle OR access to affordable vehicle financing.

  • Replacement minibus: grant of up to £5,000 towards replacement of a non-compliant vehicle OR access to affordable vehicle financing.

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.

Vehicle and Financial Support Checker

How do I qualify for financial support?

The Financial Support Scheme will open for LGV and minibus applications from the end of January 2022. Applicants will need to meet the following criteria:

  • Own a small or micro-business, be self-employed or a sole trader, a charity, a social enterprise OR be a private owner/registered keeper of a non-compliant vehicle.

  • 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

  • Vehicle Identification Number (VIN)

  • Contact details

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

  • Business 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.

Find out more

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).

  • Disabled Passenger tax class.

  • Disabled tax class with an exemption certificate.

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

  • LGVs or minibuses specially adapted for use by a disabled person.

  • Emergency service vehicles.

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

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.

When you apply for funding we will let you know how long it will take to decide on your application. 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.

We are currently recruiting accredited dealerships and retrofit suppliers. More information will be available soon.

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.

Non-compliant vans and minibuses will automatically qualify for a temporary local exemption until 1 June 2023 to give vehicle owners more time to upgrade.

Yes.

The vehicle types included in the Clean Air Zone are set by government in its Clean Air Zone framework. Whether the vehicle is included in the Zone is not related to its use (commercial or private), but its DVLA classification.

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.

Sign-up for updates

Register now to be notified when the Financial Support Scheme is open for applications, when exemption applications are open and for other Clean Air Zone updates.

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 / HGV / 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.

Going electric

Switching to an electric vehicle (EV) is one way you can drive your LGV in Greater Manchester without paying a daily charge when the Clean Air Zone is introduced. The choice of EVs is growing all the time and, depending on your mileage, going electric could save you thousands of pounds each year.

Find out more, and see whether EV is for you:

More electric vehicle information