Taxi and private

hire vehicle (PHV)

The Clean Air Zone

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

Taxis and private hire vehicles (PHVs) that do not meet emissions standards (non-compliant vehicles) will be subject to a £7.50 daily charge to drive in the Clean Air Zone.

  • Non-compliant taxis and PHVs licensed outside Greater Manchester, and vehicles licensed in Greater Manchester after 3 December 2020, would pay the daily charge from 30 May 2022.

  • Taxis and PHVs licensed in Greater Manchester before or on 3 December 2020 would pay the daily charge from 1 June 2023.

You will need to pay a daily charge to travel in the Zone if your taxi or PHV has a:

  • Euro 5 or earlier diesel engine (typically registered before 2016)

  • 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 funding.

Vehicle and Financial Support checker

Almost £21m government funding available to help eligible drivers upgrade their vehicles

Non-compliant taxis and PHVs licensed outside GM, and vehicles licensed in GM after 3 December 2020, pay daily Clean Air Zone charge from 30 May 2022

Non-compliant taxis and PHVs licensed in GM before or on 3 December 2020 pay daily charge from 1 June 2023

Financial Support Scheme applications open for taxi and PHVs at end of January 2022

Financial support to upgrade to cleaner vehicles

Greater Manchester has secured £10.6m (hackney carriages) and £10.2m (PHVs) government funding to support eligible businesses and people to move to cleaner, compliant vehicles.

The Financial Support Scheme will open to applications from the taxi trade from the end of January 2022. Funding will not be available to upgrade or retrofit all non-compliant vehicles.

There will be a cap of one vehicle per applicant for the first round of funding. Once applications are open, please apply as early as possible so you have the best chance of being successful. Subject to available funding, there will be a second round of funding applications with a total cap for both rounds of five vehicles per applicant.

Funding options

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

Retrofit or replacement

Retrofitting or replacing your non-compliant taxi or PHV.

Running costs

Running costs for a compliant Zero Emissions Capable (ZEC) vehicle (receiving a government plug-in grant) secured through the Financial Support Scheme.

You will be able to apply for financial support to upgrade a non-compliant taxi to a purpose-built Wheelchair Accessible Vehicle (WAV):

  • Grant, or affordable vehicle financing, up to £5,000 towards retrofitting to a compliant standard via a Clean Vehicle Retrofit Accreditation Scheme (CVRAS)-certified system.

OR

  • Grant, or affordable vehicle financing, up to £10,000 towards the running costs of a new purpose-built WAV Zero Emissions Capable (ZEC) replacement vehicle (receiving a government plug-in grant) secured through the Financial Support Scheme.

OR

  • Grant, or affordable vehicle financing, up to £10,000 towards a second-hand purpose-built WAV ZEC replacement vehicle.

OR

  • Grant, or affordable vehicle financing, up to £5,000 towards a compliant purpose-built WAV replacement vehicle (Euro 4 petrol or Euro 6 diesel or better).

You will be able to apply for financial support to upgrade a non-compliant taxi to a non-Wheelchair Accessible Vehicle (WAV):

  • Grant, or affordable vehicle financing, up to £5,000 towards retrofitting to a compliant standard via a Clean Vehicle Retrofit Accreditation Scheme (CVRAS)-certified system.

OR

  • Grant, or affordable vehicle financing, up to £6,000 towards the running costs of a new Zero Emissions Capable (ZEC) replacement vehicle (receiving a government plug-in grant) secured through the Financial Support Scheme.

OR

  • Grant, or affordable vehicle financing, up to £6,000 towards a second-hand ZEC replacement vehicle.

OR

  • Grant, or affordable vehicle financing, up to £3,000 towards a compliant replacement vehicle (Euro 4 petrol or Euro 6 diesel or better).

OR

  • Grant, or affordable vehicle financing, up to £5,000 towards a compliant replacement 6+ seater vehicle (Euro 4 petrol or Euro 6 diesel or better).

Getting ready to apply

Is your vehicle non-compliant and are you eligible for 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 applications from the taxi and PHV trade from the end of January 2022. To qualify for financial support you will need to:

  • Be the owner/registered keeper of the non-compliant vehicle for at least 12 months immediately before applying for support.

  • Be licensed with one of the ten Greater Manchester local authorities for at least 12 consecutive months immediately before applying for support.

  • Have a non-compliant vehicle with a valid MOT (or annual test), Vehicle Excise Duty (road tax) and insurance.

You will also need to sign a declaration to ensure the funding is used appropriately.

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

  • Taxi licence number

  • Local authority where the taxi is licensed

What other support is available?

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

If you are eligible, this does not guarantee a funding award. The government funding available 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

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.

Running cost grants will be paid directly to the applicant. For all other options, the funding will be paid directly to accredited suppliers of retrofit and replacement upgrade vehicles. 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.

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 funding updates

Register now to be notified when the Financial Support Scheme is open for applications, 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.

Van/minibus / 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 hackney or PHV 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:

PHV electric vehicle informationHackney electric vehicle information