New car tax changes could see council installing cameras to monitor daily charge

New car tax changes could be coming into force in Bolton after a report showed 20 camera sites were being fitted.

Also 56 existing cameras will be upgraded and adapted to allow for Clean Air Zone enforcement.

The new tools would be introduced ahead of the charge which is expected to launch in 2022.

And the whole of Greater Manchester is set to introduce the new fee with private vehicles also hit with daily charges.

Drivers would be forced to pay a £7.50 fee to use the roads inside the zone every day when the scheme is finally launched.

Meanwhile, vans will pay slightly more at £10 while Heavy Goods Vehicles, buses and coaches will be charged £60 per day.

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But motorists must be aware that there would be a hefty £120 fine if they fail the pay the daily charge.

The announcement comes just weeks after a local MP showed opposition to the new charges.

Chris Green, Conservative MP for Bolton West and Atherton, said lockdowns have "damaged businesses" in the area.

He also said new schemes should not "add to the burden" while companies look to get back on their feet following the pandemic.

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The MP added: "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.

"The successive lockdowns have damaged a huge number of businesses and we are yet to see how they will be able to fully recover.

"I do not believe that at this time we should be adding to their burden."

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The Clean Air Zone was supposed to come into power this year, but the coronavirus pandemic delayed it.

There was also some tension between councils and the Government over funding the scheme to reduce pollution.

Manchester's campaign will join Bath and Birmingham as Clean Air Zone's have now launched outside the capital city.

Meanwhile London will expand its charges with changes due to come to pay for the Ultra Low Emissions Zone (ULEZ) in October.

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