People can soon apply for cash to replace older, polluting vehicles ahead of Clean Air Zone

By Alice Richardson

People will soon be able to apply for money to help them replace their older, more polluting vehicles ahead of the city-region’s Clean Air Zone launching in 2022.

A new website is being launched in November this year which will allow people to apply for central government funding to buy low-emission vehicles before the zone is implemented on May 30 next year.

The system will particularly target businesses and commercial vehicle operators.

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The new financial support scheme service website is set to be built on technology used by some of the biggest car manufacturers, brokerages and car rental companies in the country to lend, lease and finance cars.

As part of the website, any Greater Manchester business will be able to check their eligibility for, and get access to grants and subsidised finance to upgrade their vehicle or fleet so they would be compliant when the Clean Air Zone is introduced.

This will help them to avoid paying the daily charge to drive into the zone in a more polluting vehicle.

Businesses will just need to enter their details on the website to check their eligibility, before being presented with a range of funding options from approved lenders and brokers.

The clean air zone will launch soon (PA)

Like other cities, Greater Manchester has been instructed by government to bring roadside levels of nitrogen dioxide air pollution within legal limits as soon as possible.

Transport for Greater Manchester has turned to QV Systems to provide the website and to help the city-region’s businesses find and access funding to replace their older vehicles.

Coun Andrew Western, Trafford council leader and Greater Manchester lead for clean air, said: “As a city region, we are committed to tackling air pollution, which is the biggest environmental public health issue facing the city-region and contributes to around 1,200 deaths in Greater Manchester alone each year.

“That’s why we have developed a Clean Air Plan that not only helps us meet government requirements on nitrogen dioxide air pollution, but also delivers the funding support for those businesses, individuals and organisations who need to upgrade their vehicle to become compliant.

Andrew Western (MEN)

“We are looking forward to working with QV Systems to help us deliver the plan, improve the quality of our air and ensure Greater Manchester continues to be a healthy, sustainable and happy place to grow up, get on and get old.”

Daniel Layne, founder and CEO of QV Systems, said: “This decade will see one of the biggest transformations in the history of personal transportation, with the phasing out of new petrol and diesel in favour of more environmentally friendly vehicles. The UK’s targets for clean air and the transition to greener fleets are among the most ambitious in the world.

“For local authorities, the challenge is how to help businesses access government funding. Greater Manchester has shown how proven technologies like Accelerate enables them to deliver these projects successfully within short time frames, and to start delivering cleaner, healthier cities for all.”

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