Andy Burnham has put forward plans for Manchester’s Clean Air Zone, but he has come under heavy criticism from environmental groups for not including cars in the plan.
All roads within Greater Manchester – apart from roads managed by Highways England such as motorways and trunk roads – will be included in the Clean Air Zone, with a few exceptions. You can see this in detail by viewing the Clean Air Zone map.
Manchester Clean Air Zone charges
The following daily charges are proposed for non-compliant commercial vehicles:
- Buses and heavy goods vehicles (HGV) – £60 (from 30 May 2022)
- Coaches – £60 (temporary exemption until 32 May 2023)
- Taxis and private hire vehicles – £7.50 (from 30 May 2022, temporary exemption for Greater Manchester-licensed vehicles until 31 May 2023)
- Light goods vehicles (LGV) such as vans and minibuses – £10 (temporary exemption until 31 May 2023)
If the daily charge for a non-compliant vehicle isn’t paid, there will be a liability to pay a Penalty Charge Notice (PCN) of £120 in addition to the unpaid daily charge. This would be reduced to £60 if paid within 14 days.
How to pay
The Zone would run seven days a week, 24 hours a day. It would be enforced by a network of Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) cameras and those vehicles liable to pay the charge would pay using the government’s online portal. Discounts and exemptions will be available for some vehicle types. Some exemptions are temporary, some are permanent, and some are for hackney carriages and private hire vehicles licensed with the Greater Manchester local authorities only.