Greater Manchester Clean Air Zone Proposal
With poor air quality estimated to contribute to around 1200 deaths per year in the Greater Manchester area, it will be a relief to many residents and particularly families, that Greater Manchester local authorities together with the GMCA and TfGM are currently looking at introducing a number of clean air zones across the worst affected stretches of road.
But what does this mean for you?
Charges are to be introduced for buses, coaches, taxis, lorries and vans to travel on some of the most polluted roads across the region. This is however not to be confused with a straight congestion charge. Most private vehicles are unlikely to be charged, and the same is true for environmentally friendly or green vehicles.
According to The Guardian the air quality in parts of the region already breaches legal limits, with one Manchester primary school unable to open windows because the pollution is at such a dangerous level. And in addition to the 1200 or so deaths to which air pollution contributes annually in the region, central Manchester also has the highest rate of emergency hospital admissions for asthma in England, at more than double the national average!
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