Greater Manchester has a clean air plan - how are you going to be affected?
As you take a drive around Greater Manchester and see all the open green spaces you may be forgiven for thinking that one of the last places in the UK that needs to introduce Ultra Low Emission Zones is Greater Manchester but the plan is launched and its one of the toughest plans in the World with an aggressive target of 2021 for many classes of vehicles to be either compliant or pay significant charges.
There are an estimated 1200 deaths per annum in the Greater Manchester area directly attributable to vehicle emissions, the number of people who suffer from related illness is in the thousands and the subsequent cost to the economy means that Greater Manchester has to take action and take that action now - words that will warm the heart of some campaigners and while the targets are aggressive, other campaigners dont feel they go far enough.
The plan, involves all 10 of the Unitary Authorities that make up Greater Manchester and each area will have its own clean air zone (CAZ) - that's important as the charges could apply to each CAZ that your vehicle enters and is not a daily charge no matter how many CAZ's you go into. The plan is to discourage the most polluting of vehicles and will be phased in in two parts, 2021 and 2023.
There are of course some exemptions that may benefit your business. If you operate Buses, Coaches and HGV's with Euro 6 Engines (Manufactured after 2013) Taxis and Private Hires with Diesel Euro 6 (2015) or Petrol Euro 4 (2005) and Vans / minibuses with Euro 6 (2016) will be exempt in the first phases of the plans.
At the moment, the plan does NOT cover cars but remember these are plans and they are under further consultation so that may change.
If you own a Van, Minibus, Taxi, Bus, HGV then you had better read on as this will now affect you directly in your business, as you will become liable for charges if you enter a CAZ, those charges could range from £7.50 to £100 for EACH CAZ entered and this will be charged back using ANPR Camera systems that will be set up around each of the CAZ's.
Its not all bad news though, there will be some assistance to business to help them make the change, with financial support being sought from the Clean Freght Fund (£59m) Clean Bus Fund (£29m), Clean Taxi Fund (£28m) GMEV Network Expansion (£25m) and there is also talk of a loan scheme to support the purchase of HGV's, Vans, Taxis and other private hire vehicles for Ultra Low Emission Vehicle replacements.
There are of course some exemptions that may benefit your business. If you operate Buses, Coaches and HGV's with Euro 6 Engines (Manufactured after 2013) Taxis and Private HIres with Diesel Euro 6 (2015) or Petrol Euro 4 (2005) and Vans / minibuses with Euro 6 (2016) will be exempt in the first phases of the plans.
There is a direct impact onto all business who operate vehicles that are likely to come into the Greater Manchester Unitary Area, that's:-
Bolton, Bury, Manchester, Oldham, Rochdale, Salford, Stockport, Tameside, Trafford and Wigan.
What can you do now.....
There are a number of practical steps that you can take now to help you be ready for the proposed changes, for help and advice you can contact us by email firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on 01619321418 we are here to help you and we have a range of packages that can help you plan your strategy, implement it and be ready to undertake business in a new cleaner and more efficient way than you have been able to previously.
For further information on the plan and to be able to comment on the plan please visit the Greater Manchester Clean Air Plan