MANCHESTER CLEAN AIR ZONE

Confused about the upcoming Manchester Clean Air Zone (CAZ)? Find out all you need to know!

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What's happening with the Manchester Clean Air Zone?

The original Greater Manchester Clean Air Zone (CAZ) plan included a Greater Manchester-wide charging zone which meant only the most polluting commercial and private hire vehicles would have been charged to drive within the zone.

In February 2022, the government agreed to push plans back, and as a result, the first phase of the Greater Manchester Clean Air Zone did not go ahead on 30 May 2022. Greater Manchester's air quality must now meet legal standards set by the government by 2026.

A new proposal for the CAZ will be announced in 2023. Keep an eye on this page - we'll be updating it with all the necessary information!

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Why does Manchester need a Clean Air Zone?

Poor air quality affects everyone's health, particularly the most vulnerable people in society: deprived communities, children, elderly people and those with chronic conditions like asthma, heart disease, stroke and some cancers. Air pollution contributes to nearly 1,200 premature deaths in Greater Manchester every year.

One the zone is launched, all commercial & private hire vehicles that meet the following emission standards will not be charged:

  • Taxis: Euro 6 for diesel (typically after September 2015), Euro 4 for petrol (typically after 2005)
  • Vans & LGVs: Euro 6 for diesel (typically after September 2016), Euro 4 for petrol (typically after January 2006)
  • HGVs, buses & coaches: Euro VI (typically after 2014)

If you drive a private car or motorcycle, you will also not have to pay a charge.

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What you need to know

The Greater Manchester Clean Air Zone will be a Class C Zone, meaning buses, coaches, taxis, private hire vehicles, heavy goods vehicles, vans, minibuses & LGVs will all be included in the charge.
Manchester CAZ operating times
Once the zone launches, the Manchester Clean Air Zone will operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week. All year round.
When will charging start for the Greater Manchester Clean Air Zone?

Charging for the Manchester Clean Air Zone is still under review. We will update this page once more information is provided.

How much will the Manchester Clean Air Zone charges be?

The charge you will need to pay will be dependant on your vehicle type.

The proposed Manchester Clean Air Zone charges are as follows:

  • £60 a day for HGVs, buses and coaches
  • £10 a day for vans
  • £7.50 a day for taxi and private hire vehicles.

Private cars, motorbikes and mopeds will not be included in the plan.

Once the zone in live, charges will apply daily, so if you're entering and exiting the zone multiple times on the same day, you will only need to pay once.

But, if you drive in the zone across two days, for example before midnight and after midnight, you'll need to pay two daily charges.

Fines for the Manchester Clean Air Zone

If you forget to pay the fee, you’ll get a Penalty Charge Notice (PCN) in the post for a £120 fine. This is reduced to £60 if you pay it within 14 days.

Manchester Clean Air Zone exemptions

More information around exemptions from the charge will be available once a new plan has been announced. Once charging for the zone begins, you will be able to use our Manchester Clean Air Zone vehicle checker in-app to check if your vehicle is exempt from the charge. If it's not, you will also be able to pay for the Manchester CAZ charge in Caura in just a couple of taps.

Is there any support available?

Greater Manchester has secured £120m in government funding to help eligible owners of non-compliant vehicles upgrade to compliant vehicles. The government has said this funding will continue to be available for the new Clean Air Zone plan.

Information around financial support available under the new plan will become available once the new charging plan has been announced.

How much of Greater Manchester will the zone cover?

The zone will cover all 10 boroughs of Greater Manchester - Bolton, Bury, Manchester, Oldham, Rochdale, Salford, Stockport, Tameside, Trafford and Wigan.

It includes local roads, but does not include motorways and major trunk roads which are managed by National Highways.

Find a more detailed Manchester Clean Air Zone map below:

Manchester CAZ Map
How do I know if I'm about to drive into the CAZ?

Signage around the CAZ have already started to go up. As you drive towards the zone, you’ll start to see CAZ signs. The signs will have a symbol with the Letter C, showing the Clean Air Zone class. However, charging for the CAZ will only start once the zone goes live. More information will be provided in 2023.

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