Greater Manchester CAZ consultation ends

The Greater Manchester Clean Air Zone (CAZ) consultation has now ended, after leaders called for greater engagement from Manchester public and business leaders.

The importance of public and business feedback was greatly encouraged. As greater engagement and more evidence helped to boost the case for higher funding for the city.

The proposed Category C class CAZ includes non-compliant buses and coaches, Heavy Goods Vehicles (HGVs), Light Goods Vehicles (LGVs) or vans, minibuses, taxis and private hire vehicles.

To date, the government has committed £41m to the programme, but significant areas of funding are still subject to review.

The consultation ended at midnight on December 3.

Andy Burnham, Mayor of Greater Manchester, said: "I want to reassure people that this consultation is absolutely not about introducing a congestion tax and anything which suggests otherwise, is misleading and incorrect.

The Clean Air Zone charges only the most polluting buses, vans, taxis and lorries – private cars are exempt – and we are under government instruction to introduce one in Greater Manchester.

This is about protecting our air now and for future generations and we need to ensure that our final plan reflects the local need, particularly amongst businesses who have been hit hard by Covid 19.

‘Armed with feedback from as many businesses as possible, we can make the strongest case to government for a comprehensive package of funding support and enable people to upgrade before the zone is introduced. With just one week to go, fill out the survey and help us get it right."

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