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Andy Burnham blamed for car tax changes which would have hit drivers in fierce debate

A Clean Air Zone in Greater Manchester was set to be introduced in May, with heavily polluting vehicles being charged daily to drive inside the area. The scheme would have seen older taxis and private hire vehicles charged £7.50, a £10 charge for vans and buses and a cost of £60 for buses, HGVs and coaches.

The plans for the charging area have since been delayed with the Government and Greater Manchester Combined Authority deciding to pause plans.

Appearing on BBC One’s Question Time, Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham and Conservative MP Jake Berry were asked about levelling up in the north of England and the clean air zone.

Andy Burnham said: “This is typical of the modern Conservative party. They impose something on us as they’ve done in other cities, Birmingham, Bath and other places.

“A legal requirement on our councils to clean it properly.

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It is expected that a new plan for the charges will be announced later this year, which has been described as “fair for businesses and residents”.

Many other clean air zones are still set to launch this year, including Bristol, Edinburgh and Newcastle.

Oxford will be launching a new variation of charging zone, through their Zero Emission Zones (ZEZ) which will be up and running at the end of February.

All petrol and diesel vehicles will be charged £2 to drive into the area, with electric vehicles being able to enter the zone without paying.



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