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Delivery vans face 10 C-charge

Taxi drivers, motorcyclists and people with disabilities all hope to be exempt

Motorcyclists and disabled drivers will be exempt from Manchester's congestion charge - but city delivery drivers could pay up to 10 a day.

Transport bosses are to discuss details of who will have to pay the road charge at a meeting this week.

Hackney cab drivers and low income workers could also be exempt from paying to cross the charging zones.

Although commercial vehicle drivers pay the same rates as cars, they could be charged 10 for repeated crossings.

Last week, Greater Manchester transport bosses unveiled plans for the location of the inner charging ring.

Sir Richard Leese, deputy leader of the Association of Greater Manchester Authorities (AGMA), said leaders wanted as many people as possible to benefit from the investment in trams, buses and trains.

"But we also recognise that for many people with a disability the car can be the only route to a job," he said.

"We want to make sure that we do all that we can to give everyone the greatest possible support to get into work.

"A wider use of motorbikes and scooters has the potential to reduce congestion, so we're proposing that riders will also receive a 100% discount."

Under the scheme, peak-time drivers would pay 2 to cross the M60, then a further 1 to enter the inner charging zone.

A further two 1 charges would be levied to cross the boundaries heading out of the city.

Commercial drivers with multi-drop deliveries could have faced the prospect of racking up huge fees by repeatedly crossing the inner ring, but AGMA says their charge will be capped at 10.




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