In July 2019, Manchester City Council announced a climate emergency due to rising carbon emissions.
Due to this, the government has told Greater Manchester to launch a Category C Clean Air Zone (CAZ) on the 30th May 2022!
This new zone will have a huge impact on road users, luckily our guide has everything you need to know about the Greater Manchester clean air zonE
What Is The Greater Manchester Clean Air Zone?
We’ll discuss the current charges, what areas will be covered by the CAZ, who is exempt from charges and potential funding motorists could apply for.
Similarly to London and Birmingham, the Greater Manchester clean air zone will encourage people to switch to low emission vehicles through daily charges.
The CAZ will run for 7 days a week at 24 hours a day, and there will be daily charges for commercial vehicles that fail to meet the emission standards.
According to the official website Clean Air Greater Manchester, the zone will be introduced on the 30th May 2022!
How much you will be charged for driving in Greater Manchester’s clean air zone will depend on the type of commercial vehicle you use.
The types of commercial vehicles that could be charged for travelling through the CAZ are:
It’s been decided that vehicles who are charged will pay via the government’s online portal.
If the charge isn’t paid, then a penalty charge notice of £120 will be added on top of this. However, this will reduce to £60 if the charge is paid within 14 days.
To see if you’ll be charged to drive through the Greater Manchester clean air zone, use the vehicle checker linked to the button below!
The new clean air zone will cover several areas in Greater Manchester including:
The CAZ will impact local roads, however it won’t include the Strategic Road Network (SRN) of motorways and major trunk roads which are managed by National Highways.
For a colour-coded map of the clean air zone please click the green button below!
National and local exemptions outline exemptions for residents and businesses.
These can range from blue badge holders to showman and specialist vehicles.
View the following national and local exemptions below.
Clean air zone charges in the greater manchester clean air zone include:
Charges range from £7.50 to £60.
You can view the current vehicle charges below.
Greater Manchester has received more than £120 million in government funding to help local businesses move to cleaner vehicles and avoid being charged for travelling through the zone.
Depending on the type of vehicle you have, you could apply for the funding options listed below:
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The clean air zone will cover numerous areas in Greater Manchester including:
The clean air zone in Greater Manchester will also impact certain roads.
However, motorways which are part of the SRN and major trunk roads managed by National Highways won’t be covered by the CAZ.
Currently, private cars, motorbikes and mopeds are exempt from the Greater Manchester clean air zone charges.
Motorcaravans with Euro 6 or cleaner emission standards which are compliant with the CAZ also won’t be charged.
Depending on the kind of motor you drive, you may be eligible to receive financial support to replace or retrofit your vehicle.
You can find out more about potential funding for the Greater Manchester clean air zone in our guide.
For buses, coaches and HGVs, road users will be charged a daily fee of £60.00 from the 30th May 2022.
For taxies and private hire vehicles, motorists will be charged a daily fee of £7.50 from the 30th May 2022.
For vans and minibuses, a daily fee of £10.00 will be charged from the 1st June 2023.
To find out more about the Greater Manchester CAZ charges, please read our guide.
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