Clean Air Zone charge

discounts and exemptions

Some drivers and owners of specific types of vehicles will not need to pay a daily charge to drive in the Greater Manchester Clean Air Zone. There are some national and local exemptions from the daily charge.

The Clean Air Zone is expected to be introduced on 30 May 2022. From January 2022, owners or registered keepers of certain non-compliant vehicles will be able to apply for a temporary exemption to daily charges.

Local discounts to Clean Air Zone charges will also apply to certain types of vehicles – applications for discounts also open in January 2022.

Further details on how to apply for an exemption or discount will be available soon, so check back here and sign up to the CleanAirGM newsletter to be notified when the application systems are live.

You will not need to apply for an exemption from Greater Manchester’s Clean Air Zone if your vehicle meets required emission standards or if it is a private car or motorbike.

National exemptions

The government’s Clean Air Zone Framework sets permanent exemptions for historic vehicles, military vehicles, disabled passenger vehicles, and specialist emergency service vehicles.

You can check whether your vehicle is nationally exempt on the GOV.UK website. If your vehicle is eligible for a national exemption, you do not need to apply for the exemption and you can drive in any clean air zone in England without paying a daily charge.

Go to Government Vehicle Checker

Local exemptions

There will also be some local temporary and permanent exemptions and permanent discounts for the Greater Manchester-wide Clean Air Zone.

If you own a non-compliant van or minibus (which is not a licensed taxi or private hire vehicle, or used to provide a registered bus service), your vehicle will automatically qualify for a temporary local exemption until 1 June 2023.

Emergency service vehicles will automatically qualify for permanent local exemption from the daily charge.

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

  • Community minibuses operating under a permit under section 19 or section 22 of the Transport Act 1985, issued by a body designated by the Secretary of State.

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

  • Showman’s Guild vehicles.

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If you own a non-compliant hackney carriage or PHV which is licensed to one of the ten Greater Manchester local authorities, it will automatically qualify for a temporary exemption until 1 June 2023.

The following vehicles will qualify for a temporary exemption from paying the daily charge of £60:

  • Coaches and buses not used on a registered bus service in Greater Manchester with a Euro V (5) or earlier diesel engine will be eligible for a temporary exemption until 1 June 2023. Owners would need to apply for this exemption.

  • Buses with a Euro V (5) or earlier diesel engine operating on Greater Manchester school bus contracts starting before 31 March 2019 and ending in July 2022 will have automatic temporary exemption until 1 August 2022.

The following vehicles will qualify for a permanent local exemption from the charge:

  • Driver training buses owned before 3 December 2020 will have automatic permanent exemption. Driver training buses newly owned after this date will need to be compliant or pay the daily charge.

  • Heritage buses more than 20 years old not used for hire or reward. Owners of these vehicles would need to apply for this exemption.

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Owners or registered keepers of a non-compliant vehicle which is being replaced or retrofitted can apply for temporary exemption to the daily charge. The exemption will apply for one of the following three options, whichever comes soonest:

  • Until you have your replacement or retrofitted vehicle.

  • For 12 weeks from the exemption being granted.

  • Until 31 May 2023.

After 31 May 2023, non-compliant vehicles will be charged.

All vehicles with a body type of ‘motorcaravan’ with Euro VI or cleaner emission standards will be compliant and not be charged to travel in the Clean Air Zone.

Vehicles with a body type of ‘motorcaravan’ can be classified in more than one way by the DVLA.

Currently, non-compliant vehicles classified as N1 or N2 with a body type of ‘motorcaravan’ would be charged to travel in the GM Clean Air Zone as follows:

  • N1 (<3.5t) have an LGV classification: Temporary exemption to 31 May 2023, with a daily charge of £10 from 1 June 2023.

  • N2 (>3.5t) have a DVLA tax class of private HGV: Eligible for a discount on the daily charge from £60 to £10 payable from 30 May 2022.

Currently a group of vehicles classified by the DVLA with a body type of ‘motorcaravan’ (vehicle type approval of M1 or M1 Special Purpose) that are non-compliant, would not be charged travel in the Zone.

Feedback from the autumn 2020 consultation highlighted the lack of parity between these vehicle classifications. As a result, the Greater Manchester local authorities have agreed to hold a six-week consultation on including M1 Special Purpose vehicles in the GM Clean Air Zone. This consultation will start on 1 September 2021.

Local discounts

Private Heavy Goods Vehicle (HGV) tax class

Non-compliant vehicles classified as private HGVs will automatically qualify for a permanent discounted charge of £10 per day, rather than £60 per day.

Horseboxes

Non-compliant horseboxes classified as a private HGV will automatically qualify for a permanent discounted charge of £10 per day, subject to application.

If your non-compliant horsebox is classed as an LGV it will have a temporary exemption to 31 May 2023. From 1 June 2023, it would be subject to a daily charge of £10.

Please note: These local exemptions and discounts only apply in Greater Manchester’s Clean Air Zone. You may still be charged to drive in clean air zones in other parts of the UK. Please visit the national government Clean Air Zone vehicle checker for information.

Go to Government Vehicle Checker