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:
If you own or drive a vehicle classed as a heavy goods vehicle (HGV) or have a coach operating a paid-for service which is not a registered bus service in Greater Manchester, these plans could affect you.
An HGV is a lorry weighing more than 3.5 tonnes when not carrying a load. This includes smaller lorries with two axles, rigid and articulated lorries with more than two axles, and motorised horseboxes (over 3.5t cwt).
You can find out more from the Department for Transport’s guide to lorry types and weights.
We’re proposing to introduce a Clean Air Zone across the whole of Greater Manchester from 2021.
Vehicles with the dirtiest emissions would be subject to a daily penalty to enter and/or travel within Greater Manchester.
If you own an HGV which has a Euro 5 or earlier engine (typically registered before 2013) you would be likely to pay the daily penalty.
However, if your vehicle has a Euro 6 engine (likely to have been registered from 2013 onwards), you wouldn’t pay a daily penalty to drive in Greater Manchester if a Clean Air Zone is introduced.
You can check whether you would be likely to need to pay to drive in the proposed Clean Air Zone on our 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.
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 engagement with residents, businesses and stakeholders.
The Clean Air Zone would:
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.
At this stage the following daily penalty and penalty charge notice (PCN) payment are included in the proposals.
It’s proposed that non-compliant HGVs and coaches would be subject to a daily penalty payment of £100 to enter and/or travel within Greater Manchester from 2021, should a Clean Air Zone be introduced.
If the daily penalty is not paid, a PCN payment of £120 is proposed which would be in addition to the original daily penalty.
We estimate that around 8,000 HGVs (around 26% of those registered in Greater Manchester) would need to pay a daily penalty if a Clean Air Zone was introduced in 2021.
As well as the Clean Air Zone, we’re proposing a number of government-funded schemes for people and businesses in Greater Manchester who own vehicles that would be subject to a Clean Air Zone daily penalty.
Owners of non-compliant HGVs and coaches registered in Greater Manchester could apply to a proposed £59m Clean Freight Fund for financial support to help them to upgrade to cleaner vehicles and so avoid paying the daily penalty.
Subject to government approval, we expect the funds to be available in 2020, so that eligible vehicle owners could apply for funding to help upgrade their vehicles before the proposed Clean Air Zone is introduced.
This might be through upgrading the vehicle or using retrofit technology to reduce the emissions the vehicle produces, so it becomes compliant.
The proposals also include investigating a scheme to offer loans at preferential rates for HGV and coach owners looking to take advantage of the Clean Freight Fund to buy or lease a compliant vehicle.
The Clean Freight Fund and loan scheme are dependent on Greater Manchester receiving sufficient funding from government.
We don’t yet have details of how you could apply for funding, or how much the funding could be for each vehicle, but we're working to develop the details to make sure that we help those who need it most first.
Under our current proposals, the Clean Freight Fund would support vehicles which are registered in Greater Manchester.
We’re proposing a range of supporting measures to help Greater Manchester’s people and businesses clean up our air. This includes:
Thanks for reading about the Clean Air Plan proposals which could affect some HGVs. You can read more about the proposals as they affect other vehicles elsewhere on this site.
Earlier this year, the 10 Greater Manchester local authorities considered the Clean Air Plan Outline Business Case and it was submitted to government in March 2019.
A seven-week 'Clean Air conversation' - giving the general public, businesses and stakeholders the chance to give their views on the proposals - ended on 30 June 2019. We are now using the feedback we received during the conversation to develop the detailed proposals.
A statutory public consultation will follow, giving another opportunity for comment and feedback before proposals are resubmitted to local authorities for their further consideration and approval.
A Full Business Case would then be developed and submitted to government. Subject to government approval and funding, measures would be introduced from 2020, with the Clean Air Zone being introduced in two phases from 2021 and 2023.
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