Greater Manchester’s final Clean Air Plan to tackle air pollution was approved by the Oldham Council on Monday 26 July.
The Oldham Times reports that the Clean Air Plan includes proposals for a GM-wide Clean Air Zone, set to launch on May 30, next year, alongside more than £120m government funding to support local businesses upgrade to cleaner, compliant vehicles so they can travel in the Zone without incurring a daily charge.
Eligible non-compliant vehicle owners can apply for funding from November this year- GM hackney cabs can get up to £10,000.
All hackney cabs and PHVs licensed by a GM district have also been given temporary exemptions for an additional year (until May 31, 2023). Wheelchair-accessible taxis were already exempt from daily charges until 2023.
The plan comes after modelling shows that the brief air quality improvements seen over the pandemic are not expected to lead to long-term reductions in roadside pollution.
Councillor Abdul Jabbar, deputy leader of Oldham Council and cabinet member for finance and low carbon, said: “Oldham Council’s aim is to have a cleaner and greener borough, which is why we have approved Greater Manchester’s Clean Air Plan.
“The Clean Air Zone (CAZ) is not a congestion charge – its introduction will help to bring damaging nitrogen dioxide emissions within legal limits by 2024, while at the same time supporting our recovery from the pandemic and reducing pollution.”
The ten Greater Manchester councils are under direction from government to introduce a category Category C class CAZ, which includes taxis and private hire vehicles, but not private cars, to ensure nitrogen dioxide emissions are within legal limits by 2024 at the latest.
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