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Greater Manchester clean air leaders formally confirm call on government to review impact of vehicle supply chain issues on GM Clean Air Plan
- Representatives from Greater Manchester’s 10 councils issue letter to Environment Secretary requesting he pause second phase of GM Clean Air Zone (CAZ) funding and conducts fundamental government review of vehicle supply chain issues with GM support
- Supply chain report – commissioned by council leaders and mayor – highlights need for further research into affordability and availability of compliant vehicles, particularly vans
- All 10 councils legally directed to implement charging Clean Air Zone to tackle illegal air quality contributing to around 1,200 deaths and other health conditions in Greater Manchester every year
- Committee confirms first phase of the Clean Air Zone – due to launch in May 2022 – should go ahead. Funding remains available to help upgrade non-compliant HGVs, with further funding for next tranche of businesses to be opened as soon as possible.
In a statement issued today Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham and Councillor Andrew Western, the city-region’s Clean Air lead said:
- Clean Air Zone Financial Support Scheme to launch on 30 November for Greater Manchester-registered heavy goods vehicles (HGVs).
- Funding for GM-licensed taxis and private hire vehicles, coaches, vans and minibuses will open at end of January 2022, along with applications for exemptions and discounts
- Online checker– launched to provide more support to Greater Manchester residents and businesses to prepare ahead of Clean Air Zone - now live
- Contracts signed with Hampshire Trust Bank, Haydock Finance, RCI Financial Services and Shire Leasing to provide vehicle financing to help people upgrade
- Letters to be delivered in late November to Greater Manchester-registered HGV owners that would be subject to Clean Air Zone daily charges – directly notifying those affected of exemptions and funding support
- Installation of Clean Air Zone ANPR enforcement cameras and signage continues as part of major roll-out ahead of the Zone going live on 30 May 2022