Transport for Greater Manchester has today (Sept 21) announced that it will begin public consultation for their Clean Air Zone (CAZ) next month.
The consultation will ask members of the public to give their views on the boundary of the clean air zone. Charges that would apply for those entering the clean air zone, as well as discounts and exemptions for those charges.
The CAZ is due to be introduced in 2022, following Government advice for Greater Manchester to have a C Class CAZ, meaning that buses, coaches, taxis, PHVs, HGVs and light goods vehicles will have to pay a charge for entering the Clean Air Zone.
Leaders are expected to also bid for £100m in further financial support as well as £10m Hardship Fund to support businesses that may be affected by the introduction of the Clean Air Zone.
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.”