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Greater Manchester Leaders Now Want Clean Air Zone Charges Scrapped On ALL Vehicles After Huge Backlash

The title of this post, is the same as that of this article on the Manchester Evening News.

This is the first two paragraphs.

No vehicles should be charged in the new Clean Air Zone (CAZ), Greater Manchester leaders have agreed, as the scheme remains under review.

In a letter to the Prime Minister, Greater Manchester mayor Andy Burnham has called for a ‘non-charging’ scheme which would help fund vehicle upgrades.

How can a non-charging scheme help to fund vehicle upgrades?

I suppose that Burnham wants the Government to pay for updating all the vehicles that Mancunians might drive in the Clean Air Zone.

March 4, 2022 - Posted by | Transport/Travel | , ,

3 Comments »

  1. Andrew “Gimmee” Burnham, never seems to do anything but plead “Gimmee more money!”.

    Comment by R. Mark Clayton | March 4, 2022 | Reply

  2. It isn’t as simple as that. Manchester has a lot of places difficult/impossible to reach on public transport. And a lot of places people would be crossing into Manchester CAZ to get to the public transport. £8.00 to get to the Tram system park and ride and then the tram fair into the city. There are a lot of small businesses which have small vans. These small business owners are unlikely to be able to afford to replace that van with an electric van to avoid the charge. Especially as there is a definite lack of electric charging places. I will be replacing my car in a couple of months. I would choose electric but there is nowhere to charge it, and it isn’t possible to put a charger in my garden. I don’t have a drive and there is nowhere to put one.

    For CAZ to work here a system of financial support is needed to pay for charging points, and also something to help people, especially small businesses, to buy an electric vehicle.

    For all central government says about clean air zones, the group of people who go everyone by car, even just down the road – people who are disabled and use notability vehicles – are not able to get an electric car, only a hybrid car. It may be possible for people with a lot of monty to add their own cash to get one. But most disabled people can’t afford that.

    Comment by nosnikrapzil | March 4, 2022 | Reply

    • Thank you for posting a reply giving some context to the story. I must admit that on first reading the article in a number of media outlets I couldn’t understand the supposed attitude of Andy Burnham, but whatever your shade of political opinion sense tells you that there has to be more to the story.
      I’m aware from looking at the latest ULEZ Zone for London, that had I still been working it would have made employment a deeply unattractive option with or without the public transport provided by South Western Railway and TfL.

      Comment by fammorris | March 4, 2022 | Reply


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