The GM Clean Air Zone financial support program is now open

The Greater Manchester Clean Air Financial Support Scheme is now open to applications from locally registered heavy goods vehicle (HGV) owners who may be affected by the introduction of the city-region Clean Air Zone.

The Clean Air Zone will come into effect for these vehicles on May 30, 2022. Greater Manchester has received £ 120million in government funding to help eligible businesses, organizations and individuals switch to cleaner, more compliant vehicles, including £ 7.6million for heavy truck owners. Owners of passenger cars, motorcycles and mopeds will not have to pay a daily fee to circulate in the Zone.

Funding will initially be intended to support micro-enterprises, self-employed workers, independent traders, charities, social enterprises and private owners and registered holders of a non-compliant vehicle. Subject to available funds, there will be a second round open to all eligible owners of a non-compliant vehicle, including small businesses.

The ten local authorities worked together to develop the Greater Manchester Clean Air Plan, which will help bring nitrogen dioxide (NO2) levels on local roads within legal limits by 2024.

The plan includes a Greater Manchester-wide Category C Clean Air Zone (CAZ), which will launch from May 30, 2022.

Government funding of over £ 120million has also been secured to help eligible businesses, individuals and organizations in Greater Manchester adopt cleaner vehicles through grants and funding options.

A new online ‘check’ tool is available (linked to DVLA data), and vehicle owners can answer a series of simple questions at to find out if their vehicle does not meet emission standards and would therefore be subject to a for driving in the zone, and if so, what options are available in terms of discounts, exemptions and financial support.

Financial support program applications are now open for GM-registered heavy goods vehicles to upgrade or modernize non-compliant heavy goods vehicles.

Applications for all other affected vehicle types will open at the end of January 2022. Early applications are encouraged to ensure applicants are well placed to access funding.

A multi-channel communication campaign is in place to publicize the CAZ and the options available for non-compliant vehicles. This includes using DVLA data to target GM registered non-compliant heavy truck owners by letter – directly notifying those affected of exemptions and financial support as applications are opened and prior to the first phase of the launch. the CAZ in May 2022. Other affected vehicle owners will also receive letters from early 2022.

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