Greater Manchester Minimum Licensing Standards

Taxis and private hire services are a crucial part of our transport network. They provide an important service, particularly for those without access to a car, and people who don’t live or work near other parts of the public transport network.

We want to see taxi and private hire services in Greater Manchester deliver a safer, high-quality experience for everyone, every time, using vehicles that meet high environmental standards.

That’s why Greater Manchester’s ten local councils, supported by Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM), have developed a proposed set of common, minimum standards for taxi and private hire drivers, vehicles and operators licensed in Greater Manchester.

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Greater Manchester
Clean Air Plan

Greater Manchester is committed to cleaning up the air its residents breathe in a way that does not put jobs, livelihoods and businesses at risk.

Government agreed that the Greater Manchester charging Clean Air Zone would not go ahead on 30 May 2022.

The original Greater Manchester Clean Air Plan was designed to comply with a legal direction from government issued before the coronavirus pandemic. Since then there have been significant changes in the market for vehicles compliant with Clean Air Zone standards, particularly vans, and the cost of living has increased.

Greater Manchester local authorities have submitted the case for a new investment-led Greater Manchester Clean Air Plan, with no charging Clean Air Zone, to government.

While Greater Manchester waits for feedback from government, participatory policy development will take place with key stakeholders to develop and shape the new Clean Air Plan Policy, including proposals for funding support. A public consultation on the new Clean Air Plan proposals will then take place in early 2023, subject to government feedback.

Clean Air GM

Dedicated Be.EV taxi and private hire charging points 

We’re introducing 60 rapid charging points across Greater Manchester dedicated for EV private hire (PHV) and hackney drivers licensed by a Greater Manchester Authority, using £5.9m of Government funding. They’ll become part of the Be.EV charging network. 

We began with more than 100 possible sites, in car parks or public land owned by local councils or Transport for Greater Manchester. After gathering feedback from GM Licensed taxi and private hire drivers and operators, we’re now planning to install two dual-headed charging points in 30 locations, with each Local Authority area in Greater Manchester having three sites.