Heavy Goods Vehicle (HGV)

Greater Manchester has been directed by government to introduce a ‘Category C’ Clean Air Zone on local roads to reduce harmful nitrogen dioxide air pollution. This means that some commercial and passenger vehicles would need to pay a daily charge to drive in the Greater Manchester-wide Zone, which is expected to be introduced from spring 2022.

That includes vans, buses, coaches, taxis, private hire vehicles, minibuses and heavy goods vehicles that do not meet emission standards. You could be affected if you own or drive a vehicle classed as a Heavy Goods Vehicle (HGV) in Greater Manchester.

Next steps

We’re working with government to secure a multi-million-pound funding package to support local businesses and organisations to upgrade to compliant vehicles before the Clean Air Zone is introduced.

A public consultation on these proposals took place between 8 October and 3 December 2020. Further work is also taking place to understand the economic impact of COVID-19 on people and businesses affected by the plans, as this may alter the level of support funding needed from government.

This will help shape the final Clean Air Plan, which will be put to decision makers in the ten Greater Manchester local authorities as soon as possible and no later than summer 2021. Please read on for more information and check back for updates.

Your vehicle could be affected if it is a lorry (HGV) weighing more than 3.5 tonnes when carrying a load. This includes smaller lorries with two axles, rigid and articulated lorries with more than two axles, and motorised horseboxes and other leisure vehicles (over 3.5t).

You can find out more from the Department for Transport’s guide to lorry types and weights.

HGVs which have a Euro V (5) or earlier engine (typically registered before 2013) will be subject to a proposed £60 daily charge to travel in the Clean Air Zone from spring 2022. Unpaid charges would result in an additional Penalty Charge Notice of £120 being issued in addition to the unpaid daily charge (reduced to £60 if paid within 14 days).

It is proposed that certain types of heavily specialised HGVs, such as those used in construction or vehicle recovery, may be eligible to apply for an exemption.

It is also proposed that certain types of non-road going vehicles which are allowed to drive on the highway, such as agricultural machines, digging machines and mobile cranes, will be eligible to apply for an exemption.

It is also proposed that fairground/funfair vehicles which are registered with the Showmen’s Guild will be eligible for an exemption.

Use our vehicle checker to see if a vehicle is likely to be charged.

It is proposed that daily charges would apply for each day a non-compliant vehicle is used within the GM Clean Air Zone. One charge would be imposed per vehicle, per ‘Charging Day’ (midnight to midnight), however much a vehicle drives within the Zone in that 24-hour period.

Owners or registered keepers of non-compliant vehicles used within the Zone will be required to pay the relevant charge via a central government payment portal.

The government intends that a user can pay seven days in advance, including the journey date, or seven days retrospectively including the journey date.

It is proposed that registered keepers of privately-owned leisure vehicles – that are over 3.5t and registered to an address in Greater Manchester for not less than twelve full consecutive calendar months prior to the date of application) – would be eligible to apply for a discounted charge proposed to be £10 a day. The discount will be subject to providing evidence that the vehicle is not used for commercial purposes.

The Government has asked Greater Manchester to progress the Clean Air Plan based on proposals developed before the COVID-19 pandemic. The pandemic has led to reduced air pollution in the short term. Analysis has shown that this will not be enough to meet legal limits for harmful nitrogen dioxide emissions in the longer term without a Clean Air Zone.

Work is under way to assess and understand all the information gathered through the 2020 consultation. Further work is also taking place to understand the economic impact of COVID-19 on people and businesses affected by the plans, as this may alter the level of support funding needed from government.

Clean Commercial Vehicle Fund

Greater Manchester has asked Government for £98m for the Clean Commercial Vehicle Fund (CCVF), to provide financial support for the upgrade of vans and HGVs, minibuses and coaches. This will be targeted to support smaller local businesses, sole traders and the voluntary sector. In March 2020, Government awarded Greater Manchester £8m towards the retrofit or replacement of non-compliant HGVs to meet emissions standards.

More information will be provided when available.

HGV - proposed financial support

Subject to approved government funding, state aid restrictions and meeting eligibility criteria, owners of HGVs registered in Greater Manchester will be able to apply for:

  • A grant of up to £16,000 towards retrofit to a compliant standard via a Clean Vehicle Retrofit Accreditation Scheme (CVRAS) certified system.

Alternatively, a replacement grant will be available. Dependent on vehicle size, the following funding amounts are proposed:

  • 44t articulated: up to £4,500 per vehicle
  • 32t rigid: up to £5,500 per vehicle
  • 26t: up to £4,500 per vehicle
  • 18t: up to £3,500 per vehicle

Funding will be available to both commercial and private owners, or registered keepers. Access to the vehicle finance offer will be available for replacement of non-compliant vehicles, offering a zero percent or low-cost loan for up to 90% of the value of the vehicle. It is proposed that there is a limit of 5 vehicles per applicant for retrofit and 10 vehicles per applicant for replacement. HGV owners may also be eligible to access the proposed Hardship Fund.

Hardship Fund

Greater Manchester is proposing a Hardship Fund of at least £10m. This will support individuals, companies and organisations who are assessed to be most economically vulnerable to the proposed Clean Air Zone daily charges. We’re currently considering the scope and scale of support required.

Feedback through the autumn 2020 consultation about the impact of COVID-19 will help inform the amount of hardship funding that needs to be made available.

Check your vehicle

The category C Clean Air Zone vehicle categories and minimum emission standards are set out in the Clean Air Zone framework in Appendix 1 of the consultation document.*

Has your vehicle been retrofitted to meet the Euro retro 6 standard?

*The Clean Air Plan proposals are still being developed, so the results of this vehicle checker are only a guide. In the meantime, please contact us at info@cleanairgm.com if your vehicle type isn’t listed.

Your answer...

Fill in the questions to see what class of vehicle you own and whether you would have to pay a daily charge to travel in the Greater Manchester Clean Air Zone.

*The Clean Air Plan proposals are still being developed, so the results of this vehicle checker are only a guide. In the meantime, please contact us at info@cleanairgm.com if your vehicle type isn’t listed.

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