Local authorities and city-regions in Greater Manchester, Birmingham, Portsmouth, and Sheffield have all been directed by government to introduce Clean Air Zones (CAZ) to tackle nitrogen dioxide levels on local roads.
Greater Manchester has begun installing cameras and signage ahead of the launch of its CAZ in May 2022.
In their final Plan, approved by all ten Greater Manchester local authorities, extra funding and extensions have been announced to help businesses upgrade their vehicles.
Vans can now access up to £4.5k towards the replacement of a vehicle – £1k more than initially proposed.
Greater Manchester Hackney Cabs can also get up to £10k and HGVs can get up to £12k.
Applications for the funding support will be open from November.
The first of around 850 automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) cameras and 2,000 signs are being installed.
Councillor Andrew Western, Greater Manchester lead for Clean Air, said: “It’s good to see a tremendous amount of progress being made to deliver the clean air zone, which will include local roads in all ten Greater Manchester local authority areas.
“We’re working hard to ensure we support affected vehicle owners move to cleaner vehicles, so they don’t have to pay a daily charge. While the Zone launches in May 2022, there will be local exemptions in place to give businesses and organisations more time to apply for funding.
“Our goal is to reduce harmful emissions. We want to help as many people and businesses as possible to be driving cleaner vehicles so we can all breathe cleaner air.
“Our clean vehicle funds service will launch in November, and I’d encourage anyone who thinks they might be affected to get up to speed at cleanairgm.com, where they can sign up for regular updates.”
The contract to set up and operate an end-to-end service for the next five years was awarded to Egis. As part of the project, Egis will be responsible for a public-facing CAZ office to handle payments, discounts, exemptions, and Penalty Charge Notices (PCNs).
A six-week consultation will conclude on October 13, on two proposed inclusions to the clean air zone. These are including sections of the A575 and A580 at Worsley in the charging scheme and including motorcaravans within the charging scheme.
The Manchester CAZ will operate seven days a week, 24 hours a day.