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One week to go until Clean Air Zone Financial Support Scheme goes live in Tameside

Press Release: 25/11/2021

 

TAMESIDE’S heavy goods vehicle (HGV) owners are being urged to get ready for the launch of the HGV Clean Air Zone Financial Support Scheme on Tuesday 30 November.

The city region’s leaders have given an update on the support that is being provided for vehicle financing before the Zone comes into effect on 30 May 2022.

Vehicle owners can answer a series of simple questions at cleanairgm.com/prepare to find out whether they will need to pay a charge to drive in the Clean Air Zone, if they might be eligible for an exemption or funding support, and further vehicle-specific information regarding their options and timescales.

Funding for Greater Manchester-licensed private hire vehicles (PHVs) and hackney carriages, coaches, minibuses and vans (LGVs) will launch at the end of January 2022. Vehicle owners will receive letters from early 2022 to notify them of exemptions and funding support available. As well as this, at the end of January next year, those eligible for an exemption would be able to make an application.

The ten Greater Manchester local authorities are under direction from government to introduce a category C* charging Clean Air Zone, to meet nitrogen dioxide (NO2) legal limits on local roads in the shortest possible time, and by 2024 at the latest. The GM Clean Air Zone will not include private cars, motorbikes and mopeds.

Cllr Allison Gwynne, Tameside Council’s executive member for neighbourhoods, community safety and environment, said: “Air pollution is the biggest environmental public health issue facing both our borough and the wider city-region, with many of our roads in breach of strict legal limits for the quality of the air we breathe. That’s why all ten Greater Manchester councils have been mandated by central Government to implement a Clean Air Zone at the earliest opportunity along with many other major cities.

“All cars and environmentally compliant commercial vehicles will be exempt from the Greater Manchester scheme; but for other, currently non-compliant commercial vehicles, we have secured more than £120m in funding support towards an upgrade to cleaner, compliant vehicles which means you’ll also be exempt from paying a daily charge to travel in the Zone. I’d urge non-compliant vehicle owners in Tameside to use the online checker to see if you’re affected and find out more about the options for financial help you to upgrade.”

Greater Manchester has worked with government’s Joint Air Quality Unit (JAQU) to add the city-region to the national vehicle checking service, which also contains information on other Clean Air Zones in Bath, Birmingham and Portsmouth.

Financial Support Scheme applications open on 30 November for owners of Greater Manchester-registered HGVs, to give them the maximum amount of time to apply, since they are included in the Zone from its launch.

Letters to all registered keepers of non-compliant HGVs based in Greater Manchester will also start being delivered in late November. These will use DVLA data to directly contact the registered keepers of non-compliant HGV who would pay a charge from 30 May 2022, notifying them that funding applications open at the end of the month.

The first round of funding will aim to support Greater Manchester’s smallest businesses, sole traders and the voluntary sector owning non-compliant vehicles. Financial support will be available as a lump sum grant, contribution towards vehicle financing, 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) enforcement 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 charges when the Zone is in operation. Clean Air Zone signage is also being introduced on the highways network across the city-region and in neighbouring local authority areas.

Vehicle owners can use the online checker to see if they are affected and if they might be eligible for an exemption or funding support at cleanairgm.com/prepare

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