Less than a week to go until the Clean Air Zone financial support program goes live in Oldham
Posted: Wednesday, November 24, 2021
Oldham Council is calling on Borough Heavy Truck (HGV) owners to prepare for the launch of the Clean Air Zone HGV Financial Support Program, which will be launched next Tuesday (November 30).
Support is provided for the financing of vehicles before the entry into force of the zone on May 30, 2022.
Vehicle owners can answer a series of simple questions at cleanairgm.com/prepare to find out if they will need to pay a fee to drive in the Clean Air Zone, if they might be eligible for exemption or financial support, and other vehicles. specific information regarding their options and deadlines.
Financing for Greater Manchester Licensed Private Rental Vehicles (PHVs) and Carriages, Coaches, Minibuses and Vans (LGVs) will be launched at the end of January 2022.
Vehicle owners will receive letters from early 2022 advising them of exemptions and available financial support. Additionally, at the end of January next year, those eligible for an exemption could apply.
Oldham Council and the other nine local authorities in Greater Manchester are under government direction to introduce a Category C * Clean Air Charging Zone *, to meet nitrogen dioxide (NO2) legal limits on local roads as soon as possible, and no later than 2024.
The GM Clean Air Zone will not include private cars, motorcycles and mopeds.
Councilor Abdul Jabbar, Deputy Head of Oldham Council and Cabinet Member for Finance and Low Carbon, said: “Air pollution is the biggest environmental public health problem our borough and city-region face, with many roads violating legal limits.
âWe are committed to tackling it and the Greater Manchester Clean Air Zone will play a key role.
âThe zone is set to launch on May 30, 2022, but there will be temporary local exemptions until June 1, 2023 to give some vehicle owners more time to upgrade their vehicles.
âOver Â£ 120million in funding has been made available in Greater Manchester to support and help individuals, businesses and organizations switch to cleaner claim vehicles and avoid having to pay daily fees to travel to the area.
âDon’t miss this opportunity – I invite vehicle owners in Oldham to use the online checker to see if they are affected and find out more about their options. We encourage people to apply for funding as early as possible to have the best chance of success. “
Greater Manchester worked with the government’s Joint Air Quality Unit (JAQU) to add the city-region to the National Vehicle Verification Service, which also contains information on other clean air areas in Bath, Birmingham and Portsmouth.
Applications for the financial support program open on November 30 for owners of HGVs registered in Greater Manchester, to give them maximum time to apply, as they are included in the zone upon launch.
Letters to all registered non-compliant heavy truck owners based in Greater Manchester will also start delivery at the end of November. These will use the DVLA data to directly contact registered owners of non-compliant heavy goods vehicles that would pay a fee from May 30, 2022, notifying them that funding requests open at the end of the month.
The first round of funding will aim to support Greater Manchester’s smaller businesses, independent traders and the voluntary sector with non-compliant vehicles. Financial support will be available in the form of a flat-rate grant, a vehicle financing contribution or a combination of the two.
Work is also continuing to prepare for the launch of the Zone, with more than 160 automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) control cameras installed to date. The first was installed on Vernon Street in Bolton, with 850 to be in place to enforce any non-payment of daily fees when the area is in operation. Clean Air Zone signage is also in place on the city-region’s motorway network and in neighboring municipalities.
Vehicle owners can use the online checker to see if they are affected and if they might be eligible for exemption or financial support at cleanairgm.com/prepare
* A Category C clean air zone includes non-compliant buses and coaches, heavy goods vehicles (heavy goods vehicles), light commercial vehicles (LCVs) or vans, minibuses, taxis (hackney cars) and vehicles private rental.
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