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Manchester Clean Air Zone Charges, Map and Payment Methods

Manchester Clean Air Zone daily charge, area of operation and how to pay information revealed as the region looks to tackle pollution.

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 31 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.

Manchester Clean Air Zone map

Manchester clean air zone map

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

The Clean Air Zone will come into effect on 30 May, 2022.

The CAZ limit will follow the authoritative limit of Greater Manchester as intently as could be expected. It incorporates neighborhood streets, yet does exclude the Strategic Road Network of motorways and significant trunk streets which are overseen by National Highways.

Non-compliant vehicles are Euro 5 or earlier diesel engines, Euro 3 or earlier petrol engines.

It is £7.50/24h for a passenger vehicle.

Taxis and PHVs authorized in Greater Manchester previously or on 3 December 2020 will be naturally absolved from paying the Greater Manchester CAZ day-by-day charge until 1 June 2023.

Non-compliant taxicabs and PHVs authorized in Greater Manchester later 3 December 2020 would not have a brief exclusion thus would pay the day-by-day charge from 30 May 2022. (All non-compliant taxicabs and PHVs authorized external Greater Manchester would likewise pay the day-by-day charge from 30 May 2022).