Light Goods Vehicle (LGV)

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 Light Goods Vehicle (LGV) or minibus in Greater Manchester.

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.

Next steps

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’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)

It is proposed that, if you own a 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 December 2022.

The following vehicles would be pay a proposed daily charge of £10 to travel in the Greater Manchester Clean Air Zone from 1 January 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 an additional Penalty Charge Notice of £120 being issued in addition to the unpaid daily charge (reduced to £60 if paid within 14 days). 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, will be able to apply for a permanent exemption from the charge. Use our vehicle checker to see if a vehicle is likely to be charged.

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.

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.

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.

Clean Commercial Vehicle Fund

Greater Manchester has asked Government for £98m for the Clean Commercial Vehicle Fund, 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.

Through the Clean Commercial Vehicle Fund, the total funding ask of government is £80m for LGVs and £2m for minibuses.

More information will be provided when available.

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 £3,500 towards replacement with a compliant van

OR

  • Access to vehicle finance, offering a zero percent or low-cost loan for up to 90% of the value of the vehicle

LGV owners may also be eligible to access the proposed Hardship Fund.

Minibuses - proposed financial support

In March 2020, government awarded Greater Manchester an initial £2m to support the replacement of non-compliant minibuses. 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

  • Access to vehicle finance, offering a zero percent or low-cost loan for up to 90% of the value of the vehicle

Minibus 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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