Work underway on GM’s Clean Air Zone and grant scheme

Cameras and signs are being installed across Greater Manchester ahead of the city region’s Clean Air Zone launch on 30 May 2022, with financial support for businesses due to launch in November.

Posted on 29 September 2021

Cameras and signs are being installed across Greater Manchester ahead of the city region’s Clean Air Zone launch on 30 May 2022, with financial support for businesses due to launch in November.

The ‘Category C’ Clean Air Zone will introduce a daily penalty on certain vehicles driving within the city region that do not comply with minimum pollution standards.

Non-compliant HGVs will be charged £60 per day from 30 May 2022, while light goods vehicles such as vans will be charged £10 per day from 1 June 2023. Separate Clean Air Zones are already in place in Bath and Birmingham.

Work underway

Work is now underway to ready Greater Manchester’s roads for the scheme, with the first of around 850 automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) cameras and 2,000 signs now being installed.

Cllr Andrew Western, Greater Manchester lead for clean air, said: “It’s good to see a tremendous amount of progress being made to deliver the Clean Air Zone, which will include local roads in all ten Greater Manchester local authority areas.

“Our goal is to reduce harmful emissions. We want to help as many people and businesses as possible to be driving cleaner vehicles so we can all breathe cleaner air.”

Financial support

Following negations with government, more than £120 million in funding has been secured to help affected businesses and organisations upgrade to cleaner vehicles so that they can travel within the Clean Air Zone without incurring a penalty.

The funding will include a £87.9 million Clean Commercial Vehicle Fund for businesses, with firms in need of the most support able to access up to £4,500 towards the cost of a replacement van or £12,000 for a replacement HGV. 

Businesses and individuals will soon be able to check their eligibility for grants and subsidised finance by entering their details on a dedicated digital platform.   

Cllr Western continued: “Our clean vehicle funds service will launch in November and I’d encourage anyone who thinks they might be affected to get up to speed at cleanairgm.com, where they can sign up for regular updates.”

Businesses can also access funding and support to embed sustainable travel behaviours in their workforce through an online portal launched by Transport for Greater Manchester.

 

 

Posted under General Interest, Carbon Reduction, Fuel Efficiency and Environmental Regulations and Legislation on 29 September 2021