'Clean air zone' plans mean diesel drivers could face charges
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New technology aimed at detecting whether cars are polluting will be installed at 76 ANPR camera locations ahead of a new Clean Air Zone in Bolton. The new report shows 20 camera sites will be fitted with new replacement structures.
Meanwhile, 56 existing cameras will be upgraded and adapted to allow for Clean Air Zone enforcement.
The new tools will be introduced ahead of the new charge which is expected to launch in around 10 months’ time.
The whole of Greater Manchester is set to introduce the new fee with private vehicles also hit with charges.
Car owners will be forced to pay £7.50 to use the roads inside the charging zone every day when the scheme is launched.
Vans will pay slightly more at £10 while Heavy Goods Vehicles, buses and coaches will be charged £60 per day.
However, drivers will be issued a £120 fine if they fail to pay the daily fee.
The announcement comes just weeks after a local MP showed some opposition to the new charges.
Chris Green, Conservative MP for Bolton West and Atherton said lockdowns have “damaged businesses” in the area.
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He said new schemes should not “add to the burden” while companies look to build back from the pandemic.
He said: “I believe we should reject any model based upon or similar to Labour’s congestion charge.
“We need to look at a full range of options to address the differing concerns in each area.”
He added: “The successive lockdowns have damaged a huge number of businesses and we are yet to see how they will be able to fully recover, regain the jobs that have been lost and create new jobs for the future.
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