Residents and businesses have until December to respond to Greater Manchester’s landmark Clean Air Plan, which includes proposals for a charging Clean Air Zone from 2022.
The public consultation running until 3 December allows people across the city region to give their view on plans to reduce harmful air pollution on local roads.
The primary measure in the plan is to introduce the largest Clean Air Zone (CAZ) outside London, right across the entirety of Greater Manchester.
Under the plans, some vehicles that do not meet Euro VI emission standards will have to pay a daily penalty to drive within the zone. This includes vans, HGVs, buses, coaches, taxis, private hire vehicles and minibuses. Private cars are not affected.
The proposed charges for non-compliant vehicles are as follows:
- £60 for buses, coaches and HGVs (from spring 2022)
- £7.50 for taxis and private hire vehicles from (spring 2022)
- £10 for vans and minibuses (temporary exemption until 2023).
The consultation asks for views on key elements of the CAZ, including the proposed boundary, daily charges, discounts and exemptions and requests to government for a multi-million pound funding package to support local businesses to upgrade to cleaner vehicles.
So far the government has committed to providing £41 million to support Greater Manchester businesses, sole traders and the voluntary sector to upgrade to cleaner commercial vehicles ahead of the CAZ being introduced. However, local leaders are looking to secure more than £100 million in further financial support, along with a £10 million Hardship Fund for the most affected businesses and organisations.
As part of the consultation, a virtual engagement space has been created, where businesses can access all the consultation materials and ask questions via online drop-in sessions.
A number of online webinars for businesses are also being held until the end of November. GC Business Growth Hub has also partnered with Transport for Greater Manchester for a separate webinar on 3 November.
Anyone can take part in the consultation online or via email, phone or post, until 3 December 2020. For more information, click here.