Greater Manchester outlines next steps and timescales for Clean Air Zone
A report published today confirms that the final plan – including proposals for a Greater Manchester-wide charging Clean Air Zone – will be put before Greater Manchester councils “as soon as possible,” and “certainly by summer 2021.“
Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) will receive an update on the next steps to produce the final GM Clean Air Plan at its meeting on Friday 29 January.
The ten GM local authorities are under direction from government to introduce a category C charging Clean Air Zone – including commercial and passenger vehicles but not private vehicles – to secure compliance with nitrogen dioxide (NO2) standards on local roads in the shortest possible time, and by 2024 at the latest.
A Category C class Clean Air Zone includes non-compliant buses and coaches, Heavy Goods Vehicles (HGVs), Light Goods Vehicles (LGVs) or vans, minibuses, taxis and private hire vehicles.
As government minister Rebecca Pow explained late last year, “only the most polluting older vehicles are charged in a Clean Air Zone, and it is not a congestion charge”.
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