As we reported yesterday, Manchester Council has now confirmed that it is to consider Ultra Low Emissions Zone applicable to older vehicles which would be charged to access the the city’s Inner Relief Route.
“Manchester must urgently tackle the issue of toxic air, which harms us all and is the most serious environmental risk to public health that we currently face. To do this, we need to look at all possible ways in which we can reduce emissions, reduce harmful air pollution and improve the quality of life for people who live in every part of the city, including the city centre.
“The responses to our City Centre Transport Strategy conversation told us that people want to see less traffic in the city centre and we need to continue working to address this. This work should include examining how needless car journeys through the city centre can be best avoided, while making sure that essential journeys into and out of the city centre continue, and looking at whether the introduction of an Ultra Low Emissions Zone is feasible.
“We’ve contributed to Greater Manchester’s Clean Air Zone plans, which include a request for clean vehicle funds to allow existing vehicles to be upgraded, but we are still waiting for a government decision on how this will be taken forward. Doing nothing in the meantime is not an option, if the city is going to clean up its air and meet its ambitious zero-carbon goal by 2038.
“Introducing enforceable no-idling zones around schools is a common-sense way to help tackle air pollution, protect our young people and reduce carbon emissions. Engines which are left running cause pollution that affects both passers-by and people inside the car itself. We know from talking to residents across the city that this must be addressed urgently."