Following mass protests, major car tax changes may be postponed due to “fundamental concerns.”
THE IMPLEMENTATION OF NEW CAR TAXES MAY BE DELAYED after Greater Manchester authorities asked the central government to do so.
When it opens in May 2022, the clean air zone in Greater Manchester will be the largest scheme of its kind in the UK and one of the largest in the world.
The Greater Manchester Combined Authority is requesting permission to postpone the zone’s implementation in part, citing evidence that global supply chain issues make it difficult for drivers to comply.
This follows a series of demonstrations against the zone’s planned implementation.
Last weekend, motorists staged a “go-slow” protest on the highway, resulting in two hours of heavy traffic on the M60.
Farmers on another protest boarded the 471 bus from Bolton to Bury with sheep and a pony.
Highly polluting vehicles will be charged £60 per day to drive into the Greater Manchester zone, which includes a number of towns such as Oldham and Bury.
“The Government issued a legal direction in March 2020 requiring the 10 Greater Manchester local authorities to address the problem by introducing a Category C charging clean air zone,” said Eamonn Boylan, Chief Executive of Greater Manchester Combined Authority.
“The current Greater Manchester Clean Air Plan was developed in collaboration with the Government to meet the terms of this direction, which is to achieve legal NO2 Limit Values as soon as possible, preferably by 2024.”
“Throughout the Plan’s development, the ten Greater Manchester local authorities worked to understand and address the national plan’s economic implications for local businesses.”
“It is clear that the path to legal compliance and cleaner air is dependent on those who own the most polluting non-compliant vehicles’ ability to upgrade to cleaner vehicles.”
The plan included £120 million in government funding to help non-compliant vehicle owners upgrade.
Scrappage or exchange schemes with the Bath, Birmingham, and Bath clean air zones, as well as the expansion of London’s ultra low emission zone (ULEZ), all received similar funding boosts.
“Emerging evidence from businesses and trade has highlighted significant challenges related to supply chain issues and inflation since the current plan was agreed on in July 2021,” Mr Boylan continued.
“There is, based on this evidence.”
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