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Motorhomers urged to give Manchester clean air zone feedback


Motorhome and campervan owners have been asked for their views on what should be included in Manchester's clean air zone

The plan to change

The Greater Manchester clean air zone is expected to come into force in May 2022, with charges for vehicles that don't meet specific emissions standards.

Transport for Greater Manchester is now seeking the opinions of motorhome and campervan owners on vehicle classifications.

Who is affected?

Because of DVLA classifications, some campervans and motorhomes would be liable and some wouldn't, so Greater Manchester is now asking for views on whether M1/M1 special purpose category vehicles should be included along with N1 or N2 vehicles, which includes some motorhomes.

Currently, vehicles registered as ‘motor caravan’ on the body type and with Euro VI emissions standards are compliant and would not be charged.

The consequences

However, N1 ‘motor caravans’ under 3,500kg will see a temporary exemption until the end of May 2023 but will have to pay a daily charge of £10 to drive within the zone.

N2 ‘motor caravans’ over 3,500kg will need to apply for the £60 daily charge to be reduced to £10.

The clean air zone consultation

When the Low Emission Zone in London was set up, the scheme specifically included motorhomes.

The Clean Air Zone consultation will last six weeks from 1 September, 2021 to 13 October, 2021.

Greater Manchester lead for Clean Air, Councillor Andrew Western, said,


We listened to what leisure vehicle owners told us during the Clean Air Plan consultation last year. Amongst other things, they highlighted the disparity between some motorhome-type vehicles being included in the Clean Air Zone, while others are not.

We are aiming to ensure that all motorhomes and campervans - that may look similar and give off similar emissions - are treated equally, regardless of administrative vehicle categories.


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