Greater Manchester's original Clean Air Plan included a Greater Manchester-wide category C charging Clean Air Zone. Only the most polluting vehicles which don't meet emission standards would have been charged to drive in the Zone.
The Clean Air Zone was designed to comply with a legal direction from government issued before the coronavirus pandemic. Since then there have been significant vehicle supply chain issues, particularly for vans, and the cost of living has increased. This means that the original Clean Air Plan was unworkable.
Government has now agreed to lift the legal direction that Greater Manchester should achieve compliance with legal nitrogen dioxide air pollution limits by 2024. It has issued a new direction for compliance in the shortest possible time and by no later than 2026.
Greater Manchester is working with government to deliver a new Clean Air Plan by July 2022. The first phase of the Greater Manchester Clean Air Zone will not now go ahead on 30 May 2022. But £120m in government funding to help affected people upgrade to compliant vehicles will remain to support the implementation of a new Plan.
We'd like your help to make sure that eligible vehicle owners can easily apply for and receive financial support to upgrade through the Clean Air Financial Support Scheme.
All funds will be paid directly to accredited vehicle dealers, to ensure a comprehensive audit trail, accountability for public funding and to reduce the risk of fraudulent activity. Trade-in of the non-complaint vehicle is mandatory.
We're seeking vehicle dealers to become accredited to the Financial Support Scheme.
Grants and finance options are currently open for eligible owners of HGVs, including small businesses, which don’t meet the government’s Clean Air Zone emission standards.
The Financial Support Scheme for light goods vehicles, minibuses, coaches, taxis and private hire vehicles has been paused while Greater Manchester works with government to deliver a new Clean Air Plan by 1 July 2022.
The finance process is designed to be straightforward for both dealers and applicants, and dealers will be given training and support to help the scheme run smoothly for all.Apply nowKey facts
People wishing to apply for the Financial Support Scheme can set up a secure online account and provide information about themselves, their vehicle and their business. These details will be verified through a series of validation checks.
Following a successful eligibility assessment and acceptance of the terms and conditions of funding, the applicant will be given a funding award notification, which will set out the options available to them. The applicant can then explore the funding opportunities with our accredited vehicle dealers.
We’re looking to work with independent, franchised and manufacturer direct dealers covering both new and used vehicles. Financial Support Scheme-accredited vehicle dealers will need to meet the following criteria:
FCA-authorised, or an appointed representative of FCA-authorised principal firms
Trading for 12 months or more
Have a UK bank account
Once you’ve submitted your details via the the system, it will run some checks. The application will be sent to the Clean Air vehicle dealerships team for review, who will notify you of the outcome of your application, usually within 10 working days. However, this may take longer depending on the volume of applications received.
Once you’re registered as an accredited dealer, you’ll have access to our helpline for support and advice, making sure you can complete your deals smoothly and quickly.
We’ll also provide you with marketing materials to help you promote that you are accredited to our scheme.
The minimum emission standards for compliant HGVs and HGV tax class motorcaravans (Euro category N2 and N3) eligible for funding support is Euro VI diesel.
Electric and hybrid vehicles would also be eligible for the financial support scheme or direct government funding, with higher grants and financing available in some cases.