Motorcaravan

(motorhome/campervan)

The Clean Air Zone

The Greater Manchester-wide charging Clean Air Zone is due to be introduced on 30 May 2022, with some exemptions and discounts.

Vehicles that do not meet emissions standards will be charged to drive in the Clean Air Zone.

Motorcaravans (also known as motorhomes or campervans) with Euro 6 or cleaner emission standards are compliant and will not be charged to drive in the Clean Air Zone.

Non-compliant vehicles classified as N1 or N2 – with a body type of ‘motorcaravan’ – will be charged to travel in the Clean Air Zone:

  • N1 (3.5t and under) with a tax class of LGV: If your motorcaravan has a Euro 5 or earlier diesel engine (typically registered before 2016) or a Euro 3 or earlier petrol engine (typically registered before 2005) it will automatically qualify for a temporary exemption until 1 June 2023, with a daily charge of £10 from that date.

  • N2 (over 3.5t) with a tax class of HGV: If your motorcaravan has a Euro V (5) diesel engine or earlier (typically registered before 2013) it will be subject to a daily charge of £60 per day from 30 May 2022.

  • N2 (over 3.5t) with a tax class of private HGV: If your motorcaravan has a Euro V (5) engine or earlier it will be eligible for a discount on the daily charge from £60 to £10, payable from 30 May 2022.

  • Blank on V5C document: Daily charges will apply as above, depending on the tax class of your vehicle – LGV, private HGV or HGV.

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.

Vehicle and Financial Support checker

More about the Clean Air Zone and view interactive map

M1/M1 Special Purpose (SP) category vehicles

Greater Manchester recently held a consultation to understand the impact of including non-compliant vehicles with a DVLA classification of M1/M1 Special Purpose (SP) in the Clean Air Zone daily charging scheme.

It was proposed that these vehicles would be included, and subject to a daily charge equivalent to either a van/light goods vehicle (£10), minibus (£10), bus (£60) or heavy goods vehicle (£60). This would depend on the details on the vehicle record and be based on the weight and seating capacity of the vehicle.

A decision will be made on whether to include M1/M1 Special Purpose (SP) category vehicles in the Greater Manchester Clean Air Zone daily charging scheme in early 2022.

Financial support to upgrade to cleaner vehicles

Greater Manchester has almost £80m of government funding to help eligible businesses, organisations and people who own motorcaravans to move to cleaner, compliant vehicles.

Funding will not be available to upgrade all non-compliant vehicles. It will initially be targeted to support micro-businesses, self-employed people/sole traders and the voluntary sector to clean up the oldest, dirtiest vehicles.

The Financial Support Scheme is currently open to applications from eligible owners of the following vehicles:

  • N2 (over 3.5t) with a tax class of HGV

  • Blank on V5C document with an HGV or Private HGV tax class

Applications will open to owners of vehicle classified as N1 (under 3.5t) with a tax class of LGV, and vehicles with a blank V5C document and an LGV tax class, at the end of January 2022.

Please apply as early as possible to have the best chance of being successful. Subject to available funding, there will be a second round of funding applications for vehicles equivalent to a van (LGV) or HGV. Subject to funding, there will also be a third rounding of funding for vehicles equivalent to an LGV only.

There will be a cap of five vehicles per applicant across all funding rounds.

Funding options

If you are eligible, you will be able to 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 6 (VI) level. You can check if a retrofit solution is available for your vehicle at the Energy Saving Trust website.

  • If the vehicle is equivalent to an LGV up to 3.5t: Grant of up to £5,000 towards retrofit to a compliant standard via a Clean Vehicle Retrofit Accreditation Scheme (CVRAS)-certified system.

  • If the vehicle is equivalent to a bus, coach or HGV: Grant of up to £16,000 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.

If your vehicle is equivalent to an LGV:

  • Under 1.6t: Grant of up to £3,500 per vehicle OR access to vehicle finance, offering an average subsidy of £3,500 per vehicle, capped at £5,000.

  • Over 1.6t and up to 3.5t: Grant of up to £4,500 per vehicle OR access to vehicle finance, offering an average subsidy of £4,500

If your vehicle is equivalent to an HGV:

  • 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

If your vehicle is equivalent to a coach or bus:

  • Grant of up to £32,000 towards a compliant replacement vehicle, only available where the vehicle cannot be retrofitted.

Getting ready to apply

Do you know your vehicle type? 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

HGV tax class motorcaravan owner?

Apply for funding

If you own a motorcaravan with an HGV tax class, you may be eligible to apply now for funding from the Clean Air Financial Support Scheme to help upgrade your vehicle.

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 now open for applications from owners of motorcaravans with an HGV tax classification. In January 2022 applications will be open to motorcaravans with an LGV classification. 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.

  • 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.

Find out more

More information

The Financial Support scheme is open for applications from owners of motorcaravans with an HGV tax classification. From the end of January 2022, applications will be open to owners of motorcaravans with an LGV tax classification.

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 two weeks.

If your 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.

Non-compliant LGVs, including motorcaravans classified as LGVs, will automatically qualify for a temporary local exemption until 1 June 2023 to give vehicle owners more time to upgrade.

If your vehicle is classified as an HGV and 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. From 1 June 2023, non-compliant vehicles will be charged.

You will be able to apply for this exemption from January 2022. Please sign up to be notified when you can apply.

Find out more about discounts and exemptions.

Eligible owners/registered keepers of motorcaravans with a DVLA Private HGV tax class 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 tool to see if you’re eligible to apply for a discounted daily charge. Please sign up to be updated 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.

Sign up for updates

Register now to be notified when the Financial Support Scheme is open for LGV tax class motorcaravan applications, when you can apply for an exemption or discount (if 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 / HGV / Bus and coach / 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.