Greater Manchester leaders have expressed fundamental concerns about the proposed Clean Air Zone, due to take effect this May
In a statement released by Eamonn Boylan, chief executive of the Greater Manchester Combined Authority, he says that since the current plan was agreed in July 2021, new business and trade insights have revealed significant challenges related to supply chain issues and inflation.
“Given this evidence, there is a fundamental concern that these global and national factors could affect the ability of local businesses and individuals to upgrade their vehicles and whether the current government financial assistance package – including nearly $ 100 million in late January funding light commercial vehicles, minibuses, coaches and taxis as well as private rental vehicles open – is sufficient. “
The plan provides for government funding of € 120 million.
Now bosses plan to meet on January 20 to recommend suspending the opening of the second phase of the Clean Air Fund in late January 2022 to allow for an urgent and fundamental joint policy review with the government to determine how a revised policy can be approved can address supply issues and the ability of local businesses to adhere to the Greater Manchester Clean Air Plan.
The committee is also asked to confirm that preparations for the start of the first phase of charging in the Clean Air Zone – buses, trucks and taxis and private rental cars outside the Greater Manchester area – will continue from May 2022.