Registration cameras installed as Greater Manchester deploys one of Europe’s largest clean air zones


License plate recognition cameras are being put in place ahead of the launch of the Greater Manchester-wide Clean Air Zone, which is expected to launch in the spring.

Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) said today work was “well underway” to prepare the region for the changes – which include a daily government-imposed charge for polluting vehicles.

On Wednesday, TfGM announced that a financial support program will be launched in November to help local businesses, individuals and organizations switch to cleaner vehicles so they can continue to travel without incurring any expense.

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He also announced that he is now seeking vehicle dealers to join the Clean Air Plan Accredited Dealer Program, with more than £ 120million in government funding guaranteed to help eligible vehicle owners.

The tax is due to go into effect on May 30, 2022.

Councilor Andrew Western, Greater Manchester’s Head of Clean Air, said: “It is good to see huge progress being made in delivering the Clean Air Zone, which will include local roads in the ten local communities of Greater Manchester.

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“We’re working hard to make sure we’re helping affected vehicle owners switch to cleaner vehicles so they don’t have to pay daily fees. As the zone launches in May 2022, local exemptions will be put in place to give businesses and organizations more time to apply for funding.

“Our goal is to reduce harmful emissions. We want to help as many people and businesses as possible drive cleaner vehicles so that we can all breathe cleaner air. “

It comes after the ten local authorities in Greater Manchester approved the Clean Air Plan, which includes a government-led ‘Category C’ charging the Clean Air Zone.

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The plan has become a ‘key part’ of the region’s green revolution, and is one of many being put in place in the UK to tackle nitrogen dioxide pollution on roads. Other areas are already active in places like Bath and Birmingham.

The first Automatic Place Number Recognition (ANPR) camera was installed on Vernon Street in Bolton in August, and around 850 more will follow to enforce any non-payment of daily fees.

Clean Air Zone signage was also introduced on the road network, the move following a public consultation that took place last year.

The vehicles affected by the charge will include those used for light vehicles and vans, heavy goods vehicles, buses, coaches, camper vans, cabs, private rentals and minibuses – but not passenger cars.

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Another six-week public consultation was also launched today, and will last until October 13, on two proposals for inclusion in the Clean Air Zone: sections of the A575 and A580 at Worsley; and whether to include M1 / ​​M1 SP vehicles with a “caravan” body type in the pricing system.

TfGM also announced today that it is seeking vehicle dealers to join the plan’s free and accredited dealership program.

Grants and vehicle finance grants will be available to affected vehicle owners and businesses in Greater Manchester from November 2021.

Megan Black, Head of Logistics and Environment at TfGM, said: “We are preparing to deploy one of the largest clean air zones in Europe starting next year and this includes distribution. over £ 120million in financial support to help eligible local businesses. and drivers to upgrade non-compliant vehicles as soon as possible.

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“That’s why we need a network of authorized dealers who supply vehicles of the types that will be affected by the Clean Air Zone, from private cabs and rental vehicles to trucks, vans, minibuses, buses and coaches.

“It’s not a scrapping program, and it’s not open to brokers. We seek to work with independent, franchise and manufacturer direct dealers for new and used vehicles to ensure that those eligible for program financial support can easily switch to compliant vehicles.

“I encourage all dealers who meet our criteria to express their interest now.

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