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Greater Manchester Clean Air Plan proposals

Greater Manchester local authorities are working together to develop a Clean Air Plan to tackle air pollution on local roads.

We’ve put together a series of measures that would help us clean up some of Greater Manchester’s most polluting vehicles.

Our proposal aims to achieve legal levels of nitrogen dioxide (NO2) on Greater Manchester’s local road network by 2024.

They include:

  • A Greater Manchester Clean Air Zone which the most polluting buses, coaches, HGVs, vans, taxis and private hire vehicles would pay a daily penalty to drive in.
  • A multi-million pound funding package to support local businesses and sole traders to upgrade to cleaner vehicles.
  • To treble the number of electric vehicle public charging points.

We want your views

The plan will be developed in more detail over the coming months, and this is your opportunity to share your views and help us develop the right solutions for Greater Manchester.

Once we’ve done this, we’ll put forward detailed Clean Air Plan proposals for you to comment on again during a statutory public consultation.

Take part in the conversation now and share your views on our proposals to improve air quality.

The conversation is open between Monday 13 May and midnight on Sunday 30 June 2019.

Please read on to see how the proposals could affect you and your vehicle.

You can also download a PDF document which summarises our proposals to improve air quality in Greater Manchester.

We are seeking views on:

  1. The process to develop our proposals and the other options that were considered.

  2. A Greater Manchester Clean Air Zone:
    - The proposed boundary.
    - The proposed daily penalties and Penalty Charge Notice (PCN) charge.
    - The proposed timescales for introducing the Clean Air Zone.
    - The vehicles that should be exempt from paying the daily penalty.
    - And any other feedback you have about the Clean Air Zone proposals.

  3. How the proposed Clean Vehicle Funds should work, and whether other financial support should be available to help people and businesses move to cleaner vehicles.

  4. Proposals to treble the number of electric vehicle charging points in Greater Manchester, and where the additional points should be located.

  5. How best to help people, businesses and organisations including schools across Greater Manchester to play their part to reduce air pollution.

The proposed Clean Air Zone

We are proposing the introduction of a Clean Air Zone across the whole of Greater Manchester in two phases from 2021 and 2023.

The most polluting vehicles would pay a daily penalty to enter and/or travel within the Clean Air Zone. This would include some buses, coaches, lorries, vans, taxis, private hire vehicles, minibuses, motorhomes and motorised horseboxes.

It would not include cars (other than private hire vehicles), motorbikes or mopeds.

See if your vehicle could be affected on our Clean Air Zone vehicle checker.

The vehicles included in the Clean Air Zone proposals are based around intensity and frequency of use. Commercial and passenger transport vehicles are used much more intensively, and are often operating in town and city centres with greater frequency, so the benefit of cleaning them up is far greater.

All vehicle types were considered in the development of the current proposals, which are based around the requirement to achieve legal levels of NO2 on Greater Manchester’s local road network in the shortest possible time. Read more.

How would the Clean Air Zone work?

The Clean Air Zone would cover the whole of Greater Manchester, so we don’t shift pollution from one area to another.

The exact boundary will be developed by looking in detail at the local road network and using feedback from this conversation. Visit mappinggm.org.uk to see a map of the Greater Manchester boundary

The Clean Air Zone would:

  • Apply to local roads (not motorways and some main trunk roads managed by Highways England).
  • Operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
  • Mean a daily penalty for non-compliant vehicles driving into, inside and through Greater Manchester.

Any income from the Clean Air Zone would be used to cover its running costs. After that, any leftover money would be spent on improving transport in Greater Manchester. This might include improvements to public transport and cycling and walking schemes.

Daily penalties

The feedback we get through this conversation will give us a better understanding of what the daily penalties should be. At this stage the following daily penalty and penalty charge notice (PCN) payment are included in the proposals.

It’s proposed that non-compliant vehicles would be subject to the following daily penalty payments to enter and/or travel within Greater Manchester from 2021, should a Clean Air Zone be introduced.

  • Buses, coaches and HGVs - £100 (from 2021)
  • Taxis and private hire vehicles - £7.50 (from 2021)
  • Vans and minibuses - £7.50 (from 2023)

If the daily penalty is not paid, a PCN payment of £120 is proposed which would be in addition to the original daily penalty.

Funding to clean up Greater Manchester’s non-compliant vehicles

Alongside the Clean Air Zone, we are proposing a number of Government-funded schemes for people and businesses in Greater Manchester who own vehicles that would be subject to the Clean Air Zone daily penalty.

This financial support would help them to upgrade to a cleaner vehicle which would not be subject to the daily penalty.

We don’t yet have details of the application process, or how much the funding could be for each vehicle. The information we gather from this conversation will help shape that, making sure that we help those who need it most first.

The proposals also include investigating a scheme to offer loans at preferential rates for those taking advantage of the funds.

Under our current proposals, the funds will support:

  • Taxis and private hire vehicles licensed in Greater Manchester.
  • HGVs and vans, minibuses and coaches (and other commercial vehicles such as motorhomes and motorised horseboxes may be eligible) which are registered in Greater Manchester.
  • Buses operating in Greater Manchester.

You can find out more about the proposed funds on the following pages:

Who would be eligible for funding?

We don’t yet have details of how you could apply for funding, or how much the funding could be for each vehicle. The information we gather from this conversation will help shape that, making sure that we help those who need it most first.

Under our current proposals, vehicles which are licensed outside Greater Manchester would not be eligible for this support, regardless of whether or not they travel into Greater Manchester.

Supporting measures

We’re proposing a range of supporting measures to help Greater Manchester’s people and businesses clean up our air. This includes:

  • Funding and support to help Greater Manchester move to electric vehicles.
  • Helping Greater Manchester switch to greener transport.
  • Local authority and Greater Manchester fleet upgrades (e.g. gritters, park maintenance vehicles).
  • A review of council parking policies.
  • Working with operators to support increased bus travel.

Share your views

Thanks for reading about the Clean Air Plan proposals which could affect some vehicles.

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Further background information

Read: A summary of our proposals to improve air quality for Greater Manchester (PDF format)
Read: A summary of our proposals to improve air quality for Greater Manchester (RTF format)

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