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Greater Manchester Clean Air Zone - what you need to know...

1. What is air pollution?

You can’t always see it, but air pollution is all around us. It comes from many sources and can be very damaging to our health. We can breathe harmful gases and tiny particles deep into our lungs. Some of the smallest particles may also pass into our bloodstreams.

By learning more about air pollution you can help tackle it and protect your health. (Sourced from

2. How will the Clean Air Zone work?

The Zone will be clearly signed and will operate 24 hours a day, all year round. Daily charges will apply for each day an affected non-compliant vehicle that doesn't meet emission standards (a non-compliant vehicle) is used within the Zone. One charge would be imposed per vehicle, per 'charging day' (midnight to midnight), however much a vehicle drives within the Zone in that 24-hour period.

Owners or registered keepers of non-compliant vehicles used within the Zone will need to pay the relevant charge via a central government payment portal. The government plans that a user can pay seven days in advance (including the journey date) or seven days retrospectively (including the journey date). Payment of daily charges will be enforced by a network of Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) cameras.

3. How do I know if my vehicle will be subject to a change?

If your vehicle doesn't comply with Electric, Euro 6 diesel, or Euro 5 petrol - based on the type of business you operate, you could potentially face a daily charge when entering the Greater Manchester Clean Air Zone. There will be one charge, per 24-hour period and the amount is based on the type of vehicle you operate. 

4. What are the daily charges for non-compliant vehicles?

  • Buses and heavy good vehicles (HGV) - £60.00 per day (from May 2022)
  • Taxis and private hire vehicles - £7.50 (from May 2022)
  • Light goods vehicles (LGV) such as vans and mini buses - £10.00 (from May 2023)

5. Who is potentially eligible for a grant?

The funding structure has been designed to support smaller businesses, which means you need to match certain criteria to be considered, such as: 

  • Micro-businesses, small businesses, private owners, social enterprises, and charities 
  • You must have been a Greater Manchester registered business for at least 12 months 
  • You must have a non-compliant vehicle, that has been registered to your name for at least 12 months 
  • Grants will only be available for up to 5, non-compliant vehicles

If you match the above, and you'd like like to go through the steps to see if you can potentially get funding towards a cleaner vehicle, please click on the link provided which will take you to “vehicle checker” on the GOV.UK  website.

Thomas Hardie Commercials Ltd Are On Hand To Support You and Your Business.

We've been communicating with the Clean Air Zone team so we're able to provide you with the information you need to ensure you don't get caught out. Recognised as one of their accredited dealers, we're able to support your transition to a compliant Volvo Truck.

For further information, please contact Paul McNicholas on 07795 538709 and ask for New Vehicle Sales and
a member of our team will be more than happy to assist you.