‘Counter-productive’: Greater Manchester Authority criticises DEFRA clean air funding

Andy Burnham, the mayor of Greater Manchester, has urged DEFRA to rework its funding proposals to help the city set up its clean air zone, describing the current pledge as “unfair” on small businesses.

The Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) had requested £116m in government funding to help taxi drivers and small businesses switch to cleaner vehicles as part of plans for a clean air zone drawn up in tandem with the conurbation’s 10 local councils and Transport for Greater Manchester. 

However, DEFRA has only so far committed to £36m to create a network of cameras around the city that will detect and fine drivers not meeting the zone’s vehicle emission standards. 

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