Oxford Zero Emission Zone plans unveiled

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Published on 9 January 2020 by Mike Waters

Proposals for a Zero Emission Zone in Oxford have been revealed by Oxford City Council and Oxfordshire County Council.

Due to come into force in December this year if approval is given, the Zero Emission Zone would see a £10 per day charge for non-compliant vehicles in the city centre’s so-called ‘Red Zone’ between 7am-7pm. Zero-emission vehicles would have free access at all times.

There are also plans to introduce a ‘Green Zone’ covering a wider area which would be “accessed for free by zero-emission vehicles and with discounted charges for vehicles which comply with the London Ultra Low Emission Zone standards”, although this would be delayed until 2021/22 under current plans.

A consultation process over the proposals has begun and a final decision on whether to go ahead is expected this spring. Details of the plans and how to contribute to the consultation can be found here.

Commenting, Oxford City Councillor Tom Hayes said: “2020 will be a crunch year for our climate and all our futures. We face a climate emergency that threatens all of our futures. For the sake of everyone in Oxford, and especially our children’s lungs, we must clean up the lethal air we’re all breathing. Oxford’s Zero Emission Zone will come into force this year and help make 2020 the year we make a game-changing difference.”

“Local government isn’t prepared to delay action. Our two councils are working together to enhance lives here in Oxford and across the market towns and villages of Oxfordshire.”

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