Manchester Clean Air Zone Will Launch In May 2022

It’s official, Manchester will be getting a clean air zone in May 2020. Crucially, however, private cars won’t face a charge when entering…

A Clean Air Zone In Manchester 

Manchester is to get its own Clean Air Zone (CAZ) on May 30th 2022, with plans being approved by Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM). Drivers of polluting HGVs, buses and coaches will face a daily charge of £60. Non-compliant vans and taxis will be charged £10 and £7.50 a day respectively. Crucially, however, drivers of private vehicles will be unaffected.

TfGM claims that it’s received £120 million from the government specifically to support drivers of polluting vehicles. It’ll also be used to help businesses purchase cleaner vehicles for their fleets. Van owners will be able to claim up to £4,500 for a new vehicle. Taxi drivers can expect up to £10,000 per vehicle. Applications for the funding will open in November.

Ambitious Plans 

A report found that air quality briefly improved in Manchester over the course of the coronavirus pandemic. Nevertheless, it concluded that only a CAZ would produce long-term improvements in terms of roadside pollution. TfGM has announced that it’s also received funding for 30 taxi-only charging points; these will be spread out across the city. It also intends to publish a strategy document for EV charging infrastructure in general in July.

The organisation claims the document ‘will set out ambitious plans, so that by 2030 anyone who chooses to travel by car or van will be able to confidently drive an EV knowing that they can recharge it quickly and conveniently across the region’. As of now, there are just 360 chargers throughout Manchester.

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