Manchester out to consultation on its clean air zone

Clean Air Greater Manchester is to hold two public consultations on its proposed Clean Air Zone (CAZ).

Once introduced, the proposed CAZ will cover all ten local authority areas. The public will asked for their views on key elements, including the zone’s proposed boundary, daily charges, discounts and exemptions.

The government has instructed Greater Manchester to introduce a Category C CAZ, this means that buses, coaches, taxis, heavy good and light goods vehicles (LGVs) will be affected. 

There have been major improvements in air quality across the whole Manchester region over the lockdown period but many sites have now returned to above the legal limits in the city.

Alongside the clean air plan, Greater Manchester leaders have also proposed a minimum licensing standard for taxis and private hire vehicles. This will help to make services safer and introducer better environmental and accessibility standards.

Cllr Andrew Western, Green City-region lead, said: “Greater Manchester needs to take action to improve air quality, now and for future generations. As air pollution does not respect geographic boundaries, the ten Greater Manchester local authorities have come together to produce a joint plan.

“The minimum standards for taxi and private hire will help deliver a shared vision for the future of the sector in Greater Manchester and a move away from harmful emissions. As part of the work around implementing the Clean Air Plan, we have also secured funding that will help some locally licensed owners in renewing or upgrading their vehicles – with the aim to have an entirely zero-emission taxi and private hire fleet across the city region by the end of the decade.”

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