Light Goods Vehicle (LGV)

Greater Manchester Clean Air Zone

The final Clean Air Plan has been approved by all ten Greater Manchester councils. This followed a review of all the information gathered through the 2020 public consultation, and wider data, evidence and modelling work.

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 certain commercial and passenger vehicles which do not meet emission standards would need to pay a daily charge to drive in the Greater Manchester-wide Zone.

The Zone is expected to be introduced on 30 May 2022. A temporary exemption is proposed for vehicles classed as a light goods vehicle (LGV) or minibus until 31 May 2023. After this, you could be affected if you own or drive one of these vehicles in Greater Manchester.

Next steps

Greater Manchester has secured a multi-million-pound funding package to support local businesses, people and organisations to upgrade to compliant vehicles before the Clean Air Zone is introduced.

It is expected that, from November 2021, funding will be available for Greater Manchester businesses and organisations with non-compliant vehicles to support them to upgrade or retrofit their vehicles.

The Clean Air Zone is anticipated to launch on 30 May 2022, with LGVs exempt until 31 May 2023. Any non compliant LGVs would pay a daily charge from 1 June 2023. Read on for more and please check back for updates or sign up to the CleanAirGM newsletter.

Your vehicle could be affected if it’s a van or light commercial vehicle designed to carry goods. Minibuses (between eight and 16 passenger seats) and some other vehicles are also included, as set out in the list below. LGVs have a maximum weight of 3.5 tonnes when carrying a load.

This could include:

  • Car-derived vans
  • Panel or box vans
  • Pickups
  • Flatbed trucks
  • Minibuses (between eight and 16 passenger seats)
  • Motorised horseboxes (up to 3.5t when carrying a load)
  • Motorhomes under 3.5t (including motorhomes classified as ‘M1 Special Purpose Vehicle’, subject to further consultation.)

You can find out your vehicle classification by either:

  1. Referring to Section J of your V5C document (vehicle log book), which indicates the vehicle category.

OR

  1. Using the government’s vehicle enquiry service, which advises the category as ‘vehicle type approval’ as well checking if a vehicle is taxed and has an MOT.

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 would automatically qualify for a temporary local exemption until 31 May 2023.

The following vehicles would pay a proposed daily charge of £10 to travel in the Greater Manchester Clean Air Zone from 1 June 2023.

  • LGVs and minibuses with a Euro 5 or earlier diesel engine (typically registered before 2016).
  • LGVs and minibuses with a Euro 3 or earlier petrol engine (typically registered before 2005).

Unpaid charges would result in liability to pay a Penalty Charge Notice of £120 in addition to the unpaid daily charge (reduced to £60 if paid within 14 days). 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.
  • Emergency service vehicles.
  • Showman’s Guild vehicles.

There are national exemptions for certain types of vehicles. For further details, see the government’s Clean Air Zone guidance.

There is also more information on our exemptions and daily charge discounts page.

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

Daily charges will 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).

Vehicles with a body type of ‘motorcaravan’ with Euro VI or cleaner emission standards are compliant, and will 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. You can find out your vehicle classification by either:

  1. Referring to Section J of your V5C document (vehicle log book), which indicates the vehicle category.

OR

  1. Using the government’s vehicle enquiry service, which advises the category as ‘vehicle type approval’ as well checking if a vehicle is taxed and has an MOT.

N1 or N2 classification

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:

  • 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.

M1 or M1 Special Purpose

A group of vehicles classified by the DVLA with a body type of ‘motorcaravan’ (vehicle type approval of M1 or M1 Special Purpose) would not currently be charged travel in the Zone.

Feedback from the 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 or M1 Special Purpose vehicles in the GM Clean Air Zone. This consultation will start on 1 September 2021.

Non-compliant vehicles with a 'motorcaravan' body type which are classified as private HGVs will automatically qualify for a permanent discounted charge of £10 per day, rather than £60 per day.

Please check back for updates or sign up to the CleanAirGM newsletter.

If your horsebox is non-compliant, so Euro V emission standards or older, then it will be charged to drive in the Greater Manchester Clean Air Zone.

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

If the horsebox is classified as a private HGV, then there would be a permanent discount in place, which you would have to apply for. This discount would mean that the daily charge would be £10, rather than £60 per day.

Please check back to find out when you can make an application.

Applications for financial support to move to cleaner vehicles will open from November 2021. Support will be available to eligible businesses, people and organisations in Greater Manchester to either replace or retrofit non-compliant vehicles. Moving to a compliant vehicle before the Clean Air Zone is introduced means you will not have to pay a daily charge.

Please check back for updates or sign up to the CleanAirGM newsletter.

The government 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 has taken place to understand the economic and financial impact of COVID-19 on people and businesses affected by the plans. The final Clean Air Plan proposals take into account evidence from the COVID-19 impacts analysis.

Clean Commercial Vehicle Fund

Greater Manchester has secured £87.9m government funding for a Clean Commercial Vehicle Fund, to provide financial support for the upgrade of vans and HGVs, minibuses and coaches. £73.5m will be available for the retrofit and upgrade of LGVs, and £2m for minibuses, to meet emissions standards. This will be targeted to support smaller local businesses, sole traders and the voluntary sector.

It is expected that, from November 2021, local businesses and organisations with non-compliant vehicles will be able to apply for funding to support them to upgrade or retrofit their vehicles. Please check back for updates or sign up to the CleanAirGM newsletter.

Vans - proposed financial support

Subject to meeting eligibility criteria, under the proposals those who own an LGV registered in Greater Manchester will be able to apply for:

  • A grant of up to £4,500 towards replacement with a compliant van

OR

  • A grant of up to £5,000 to retrofit their existing vehicle so it is compliant via a Clean Vehicle Retrofit Accreditation Scheme (CVRAS) certified system.

OR

  • Access to vehicle finance, offering a zero percent or low-cost loan up to £4,500

The funding available is dependent on the size of the van being upgraded. These funding amounts have increased, following the feedback received from the consultation.

Minibuses - proposed financial support

Subject to meeting eligibility criteria, under the proposals owners of minibuses registered in Greater Manchester will be able to apply for:

  • A grant of up to £5,000 towards replacement of a non-compliant vehicle

OR

  • A grant of up to £5,000 to retrofit their existing vehicle so it is compliant via a Clean Vehicle Retrofit Accreditation Scheme (CVRAS) certified system.

OR

  • Access to vehicle finance, offering a 0% or low-cost loan up to £5,000

Check your vehicle

The vehicle categories and minimum emission standards for the Greater Manchester Clean Air Zone are set out in the government’s Clean Air Zone framework.

If you are unsure of your vehicle type please use the government’s vehicle enquiry service, which advises the category as ‘vehicle type approval’. Please contact us at info@cleanairgm.com if your vehicle type isn’t listed.

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

* The results of this vehicle checker are only a guide. The Clean Air Zone is anticipated to launch on 30 May 2022, subject to joint agreement with government on scheme readiness, including the Central Charging Portal and national vehicle checker.

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 results of this vehicle checker are only a guide. The Clean Air Zone is anticipated to launch on 30 May 2022, subject to joint agreement with government on scheme readiness, including the Central Charging Portal and national vehicle checker.

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