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Map shows where 800 Clean Air Zone cameras across Greater Manchester will be installed as the line overhead scheme continues

A map showing where more than 800 cameras will be installed as part of the new Greater Manchester Clean Air Zone (CAZ) has surfaced, while a number of over the scheme rumble on.

CAZ, due to be launched in May, will cover all ten districts and an area of ​​about 493 miles, making it the largest of its kind in the country.

Cameras will be installed to enforce non-payment of the CAZ tax, which is £ 60 a day for trucks, buses and coaches, with vans paying £ 10 and taxis and private hire cars paying £ 7.50.

Failure to pay the fee will also result in a fine of £ 120 plus the daily fee.

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Greater Manchester has been ordered to implement CAZ as a government directive following a Supreme Court ruling that they had failed to protect people from polluted air and that it should be in place by 2024.

It aims to save the lives of an estimated 1,200 people each year whose deaths are at least partly caused by pollution.

But CAZ has had its critics from the beginning, with many business owners claiming that they cannot afford to replace their vehicles and that they are in any case unable to do so due to worldwide supply chain problems.

More than 54,000 people have now joined a Facebook page called ‘RETHINK the Clean Air Zone Greater Manchester’.

Last night, Luke Spencer, a member of the group, shared a map he made showing the location of 816 ANPR cameras set to be installed in CAZ using council documents.

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“As far as I know, it’s 100% complete, but please let me know if you see a camera that is not on the list,” Luke said.

Transport executives have previously said they expect to install a total of 850 cameras.

Highways and adjacent highways are not included because these are managed by National Highways, formerly Highways England.

The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB), which has called for a halt to the CAZ scheme, has claimed it could cause rat races on residential roads as drivers seek to avoid ANPR cameras.

In response to this point last year, a spokesman for Clean Air GM said: “The locations of the cameras are designed to maximize the coverage of the road network and if people want to avoid being detected, they will have to take significantly longer. Travel to get to their destinations. “

CAZ will be launched in May this year

“All classes of roads across Greater Manchester, outside the National Highways Strategic Road Network, are included in the network of over 850 cameras.

“The Clean Air Zone will have both mobile and re-deployable ANPR enforcement devices that can be deployed to any reported rat race or other area of ​​concern.”

It is happening while regional leaders are currently considering how to respond to the public backlash.

Mayor Andy Burnham and Councilor Andrew Western, the City Region’s Clean Air leader, have acknowledged that CAZ is a ‘major challenge’ for individuals and businesses, saying they ‘had always been clear’ with ministers about the need for a fair package of financial support.

“In March 2020, the government instructed all ten Greater Manchester councils to introduce a clean air tax zone to tackle harmful levels of air pollution and achieve compliance with legal standards by 2024,” they said in a statement issued last week.

“We know that this is a major challenge for many individuals and companies and that is why we have always been clear to ministers that it must be accompanied by a fair package of financial support. While the government has provided £ 120 million, we are “Concerned that they have so far not accepted our request for further support for those who will find it most difficult to make the change. We also warned them about our ongoing concerns about the vehicle supply chain and the partnership with National Highways.”

The Clean Air Zone will cover the whole of Greater Manchester

“Over the last few months, Greater Manchester has continued to monitor these issues alongside the continuing impact of the pandemic and rising cost of living. In addition, at the end of last year we commissioned new work to understand the impact of the growing global supply chain problems. in the automotive sector, which could affect the availability of some vehicles and people’s ability to upgrade.

“Greater Manchester executives will consider the outcome of this work next week before asking the Clean Air Joint Committee to consider the implications of the Clean Air Plan later this month. We are committed to reducing air pollution in Greater Manchester, but also to protecting the jobs and livelihoods of our residents.

“We are listening carefully to the concerns that are being expressed about the current situation and we will soon make a decision on our next step.”


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