Greater Manchester publishes proposed final Clean Air Plan

The final proposed Greater Manchester Clean Air Plan has now been published.

The Greater Manchester Clean Air Plan has been jointly developed by the ten Greater Manchester local authorities, coordinated by Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM), and will bring NO2 levels on local roads within legal limits as soon as possible, and by 2024 at the latest.

The Plan includes a category C* Clean Air Zone (CAZ), which Greater Manchester has been directed by government to introduce, and over £120m in funding has been secured to help local businesses prepare and upgrade to compliant vehicles. Applications for funding support will open from November this year, ahead of CAZ’s anticipated launch on 30 May 2022. 

In light of feedback following the 8-week consultation on the detailed proposals which took place between October and December last year, as well as further data, evidence and modelling, a number of changes are reflected in the final proposals, giving those who have been hardest hit by the pandemic more time to upgrade.    

This includes additional temporary exemptions for a year (until 31 May 2023) for all hackney and private hire vehicles licensed in GM. Vans, minibuses, GM-registered coaches and wheelchair-accessible taxis were already exempt from daily charges until 2023. While larger grants will also be available for those who need it most, including PHVs, coaches, HGVs and vans. There are also more options for replacement and retrofit for hackney carriages, PHVs, minibuses and vans. 

A report containing an update about GM Minimum Licensing Standards will also go to GMCA this month, following the public consultation last year.  

An overview of the final proposed Greater Manchester Clean Air Plan is attached below. You can also find out more about the proposals and sign up to receive more regular updates about Greater Manchester’s clean air ambitions on the Clean Air website .  

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