Greater Manchester has launched a new campaign to encourage action on air quality and raise awareness of the city region’s plans for the largest Clean Air Zone in the UK.
Region-wide charging zone
The campaign will also be raising awareness of Greater Manchester’s Clean Air Plan proposals and features the new ‘cloud’ symbol for Clean Air Zones (CAZs), which will soon be visible on road signs in several cities across the country.
The first CAZs due to come into force this year will be in Leeds and Birmingham, where non-compliant vehicles will face financial penalties for using local roads. Greater Manchester’s proposed CAZ - due to come into force from 2021 - will penalise most pre-2013 buses, coaches and HGVs and most pre-2016 taxis and private hire vehicles vans for driving within the city region.
The cloud symbol will be used on road signage to inform motorists when they are entering a charging zone.
Greater Manchester’s CAZ proposal is now due to go to public consultation, but progress has stalled while city leaders await confirmation from government on a multi-million pound funding pot to support businesses with the shift to compliant vehicles.
“We are serious about tackling air pollution across our region and, alongside the government, we recognise it is the most pressing environmental public health issue facing the country today,” said Greater Manchester mayor Andy Burnham.
“However, we can’t get on with our plans without a firm commitment about the vital financial support that will help businesses across Greater Manchester upgrade to cleaner vehicles, to avoid the Clean Air Zone daily charge.”
It is anticipated that a public consultation will go ahead later this year. Businesses can register for updates at www.cleanairgm.com.
Posted under General Interest and Public / Government / Charity on 25 March 2020