The Greater Manchester Clean Air Plan has now been approved by the ten Greater Manchester local authorities. This includes the introduction of a government directed ‘Category C’ charging Clean Air Zone from 30 May 2022. It will operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week, all year round, and include most local roads in Greater Manchester. Most roads managed by Highways England, such as motorways and trunk roads, will not be included, with a few exceptions.
Work is well underway to prepare for the introduction of the zone, with the first Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) cameras now installed, and a Financial Support Scheme due to launch in November. Clean Air Zone road signage will start to be installed from October. Vehicle dealers are also being sought to join the GM Clean Air Plan accredited dealership scheme to help distribute the funding which Greater Manchester has secured – totalling £120m.
The categories of vehicles included in the Clean Air Zone are set by the government in its Clean Air Zone Framework. Private cars, motorbikes and mopeds are not included. The charges apply to light goods vehicles, heavy goods vehicles, buses, coaches, hackney cabs, private hire vehicles and minibuses.
For more information about the Greater Manchester Clean Air Zone visit their website cleanairgm.com