- 17 July 2019
- Transport / Logistics Services
Even while opposed by organisations like the Freight Transport Association (FTA) the Greater Manchester Clean Air Zone (CAZ) is to be launched in 2021.
The original plans were a gradual phase-in of the CAZ between 2021 and 2023 but central government has forced the metropolitan authority to put it into full action in 2021.
According to the FTA this will put a strain on the logistics sector, notably small businesses.
“Allowing only 18 months in which Manchester’s van operators must become compliant before the introduction of the authority’s Clean Air Zone is simply an additional tax on the area’s small businesses,” said head of policy for Northern England, Mags Simpson.
“The original proposals placed before government allowed time for vehicles to be replaced or upgraded but the new plan outlined today will force operators into acquiring costly new vehicles ahead of their standard replacement cycle or into a regime of punitive daily charges,” she said.
“It is essential that an air quality scheme for Greater Manchester is developed with the needs of businesses that serve the area in mind, not one which drives up operating costs for small businesses and unfairly penalises the hardworking individuals and businesses which keep Greater Manchester’s economy thriving.”