Greater Manchester Clean Air Zone:

Further support for vehicle owners

The Greater Manchester-wide Clean Air Zone is due to launch on 30 May 2022. The following vehicles will pay a daily charge to travel in the Zone if they do not meet emission standards:

  • Light goods vehicles, heavy goods vehicles, buses, coaches, hackney cabs, private hire vehicles and minibuses.

Newer, cleaner vehicles and private cars, motorbikes and mopeds will NOT be charged.

Greater Manchester (GM) has £120m of government funding to help eligible GM businesses, organisations and people to move to cleaner, compliant vehicles so they do not have to pay a daily charge.

If you are not sure if you are affected, please use our vehicle and financial support checker.

Vehicle and Financial Support checkerClean Air Zone and Financial Support Scheme

Your options

At this stage, only eligible Greater Manchester (GM) people, businesses and organisations can apply for help from the GM Financial Support Scheme. But even if you are eligible, this does not guarantee a funding award. Once applications are open, please apply as early as possible to have the best chance of being successful.

Available government funding will be targeted to support vehicle owners who are likely to be most affected economically by the Clean Air Zone, to clean up the most polluting eligible vehicles.

Find out more about other support and funding that may be available to you below.

Government offers a range of support to help people make the switch to an electric vehicle. This includes a range of grants to help you purchase an electric vehicle and install a home charging point.

Find out more about government grants

Find out more about electric vehicles

Some vehicle engines can be ‘retrofitted’ to reduce their emissions. Retrofitting has been an option for buses for several years and is an emerging technology for other commercial vehicles.

All retrofit options that are compliant with a Clean Air Zone must be government-approved, through the Clean Vehicle Retrofit Accreditation Scheme (CVRAS). More details on the CVRAS process and suppliers are available from the Energy Saving Trust.

Leasing a vehicle may be a more affordable way to get a vehicle that meets Clean Air Zone emissions standards. Information on leasing is available from the BVRLA (British Vehicle Rental & Leasing Association).

Business advice

Support from GC Business Growth Hub

We are working closely with the GC Business Growth Hub, part of the Growth Company, to help businesses, sole traders and self-employed people understand their options for complying with the new Clean Air Zone.

The Hub’s dedicated enquiry team is on hand to provide advice and guidance on complying with the Clean Air Zone or adapting your business service to minimise the financial impact.

Its team of business advisers can help you understand your options for cleaner vehicles, decide whether upgrading your vehicle is financially viable and signpost you to services that will help you to mitigate the additional costs of operating within the Zone. The team can also introduce you to a wide variety of fully funded support that can help your business grow and increase your profitability.

To discuss how they can best support you contact:

0161 238 4555

Business support from your local council

You may also want to take a look at the support available through your local authority, whether you are based in or outside Greater Manchester. Their business support teams provide a variety of services. Get in touch to find out how they may be able to support you.

If you’re unsure which local authority area your business is based in, you can find out here.

Rochdale Council business support

Salford Council, Support for your Business

Complete the customer enquiry form

Stockport Council Economic and Employment Development Team

Trafford Council Economic Growth Team

Financial advice

The following organisations provide free, impartial financial advice: