Clean Air Zone – Manchester Updates

Last Updated 26 June 2024

As of 29 January 2024, Greater Manchester is submitting new proposals for an investment-led Clean Air Plan to the Government. It will be for the Government to decide which measures are included in the Clean Air Plan.

Greater Manchester continues to propose an investment-led plan to address nitrogen dioxide exceedances on its roads. This approach is believed to be faster and more cost-effective than imposing a charging zone on the regional centre, but the final decision rests with the Government. Modelling suggests that air compliance can be achieved through measures such as cleaner buses and taxis, along with some localised traffic interventions.

The investment-led plan includes a proposed £22.5 million Clean Taxi Fund, aimed at providing financial support for every non-emissions compliant vehicle currently licensed by a Greater Manchester authority. This fund's grants are proposed to increase by 25.6% compared to the 2021 scheme, ensuring adequate resources for the transition to compliant vehicles. Access to this fund would require licensing authorities to guarantee that their entire fleet meets emissions standards by December 31, 2025.

Additionally, an £8 million fund is proposed to assist owners of Greater Manchester-licensed hackney carriages in upgrading to zero-emission capable vehicles. Unlike the previous scheme, it is proposed that Clean Taxi Fund grants be issued directly to applicants rather than through dealerships, streamlining the process and ensuring timely access to the funds.

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