Polluting vehicles in Trafford

Well-maintained vehicles should produce very little smoke, except when they are starting up, accelerating hard, or climbing steep hills. However, some vehicles emitting thicker smoke may not meet legal emissions standards.

The Cleaner Vehicles Campaign is a partnership air quality initiative between the ten Greater Manchester and Warrington Local Authorities.

The campaign aims to:

  • Reduce the number of heavily polluting vehicles across the Greater Manchester and Warrington area.
  • Increase public awareness of the harmful effects of badly polluting vehicles on the environment and air quality from the high levels of pollutants emitted by vehicles that are not properly tuned.
  • To take action against heavy polluters.

How do I report them?

To report a vehicle you just need to provide us with as much detail as possible about the vehicle and where you saw it - you can remain anonymous if you wish.

What will happen when I report a vehicle?

Complaints about excessive or smoky emissions from commercial vehicles such as lorries, buses, coaches, will be passed to the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA) the Government agency responsible for controlling exhaust emissions from such vehicles. If the report is of a smoky taxi then the complaint will be referred to our Licensing Section.

If you see the vehicle again after reporting it and it appears that it is still emitting excessive amounts of smoke you can make a further complaint to us. We will then notify the relevant enforcement authority to let them know that the problem has not been solved and give them the opportunity to take further action.

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