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In Greater Manchester, some of the pollutants that are most harmful to our health are caused by road transport.

Many of the vehicles on our local roads pump out fumes full of harmful gases and tiny particles.

Diesel vehicles pollute more than those that run on petrol and are the biggest source of harmful air pollution from transport.

This poor air quality contributes to the equivalent of 1,200 deaths a year in Greater Manchester.

The region is developing the Greater Manchester Clean Air Plan to bring harmful nitrogen dioxide emissions on local roads within legal limits as quickly as possible.

We’re also improving sustainable transport options and encouraging everyone to consider using the bus, train or tram, or to walk or cycle more.


What can I do?

If you drive there are plenty of ways you can make sure your journey is more environmentally-friendly.

Even the way you drive can help. Eco-driving or 'smarter driving' techniques can cut your fuel costs and your car’s emissions at the same time.

Car-sharing with someone who makes the same regular journey as you can help cuts costs, congestion, parking problems and air pollution. Why not join the GM car share scheme.

Buying a low emission vehicle such as an electric car could save you money while helping the environment. You don’t pay vehicle excise duty (or ‘road tax’) on an electric car and it’s much cheaper to run and maintenance costs are much lower.

Low emission vehicles are also quieter and, with no harmful tailpipe emissions, kinder to the local environment.

More than 300 electric charging points are now available across the region thanks to Greater Manchester's Electric Vehicle scheme, with more on the way.