Oxford plans to become world's first Zero Emission Zone

Oxford plans to become world's first Zero Emission Zone

Oxford plans to become world's first Zero Emission Zone

John Tanner, Councillor of Oxford City Council said: "Toxic and illegal air pollution in the city centre is damaging the health of Oxford's residents".

"We support the principle of a Zero Emission Zone in Oxford".

At least initially, Oxford would fine gas and diesel vehicles about $80 if they're caught operating within the zero emissions zone.

Britain has said it will ban the sale of all new diesel and petrol cars from 2040, replicating plans by France and the mayors of Paris, Madrid, Mexico City and Athens, who aim to ban diesel vehicles from their city centres by 2025. "Everyone needs to do their bit - from national Government and local authorities, to businesses and residents - to end this public health emergency".

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Oxford City Council and Oxfordshire County Council, which had previously come into conflict over a similar idea, plan to ban "emitting vehicles" such as petrol and diesel vehicles from the city centre in phases, starting with some vehicle types and a small number of streets in 2020.

The City and County Council will be holding a six-week consultation period with the public and businesses on how the plans will be implemented.

A proposal headed to the Oxford City Council has four stages that would culminate in a city free of vehicular emissions by 2035.

The zero emission zone proposals would see: non-zero emission taxis, cars, light commercial vehicles and buses excluded from Queen Street, Cornmarket Street, New Inn Hall Street, Market Street, Ship Street and St Michael's Street from 2020.

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The initiative will cost Oxford city Council, bus and taxi firms an estimated £14 million to replace all fossil fuelled locomotives with electric or hybrid alternatives. Other schemes such as reduced parking fees for EVs and electric delivery vehicle-only loading areas are under consideration, the City Council said. "We know that the future is electric vehicles with no tailpipe emissions; this is the beginning of a revolution in bus travel". Traditionally, though, Oxford is an environmentally aware city, so the proposal is expected to face less opposition than the capital's upcoming T-Charge.

The study put forward six options for introducing a zone in Oxford city centre, ranging from limited introduction until 2035 to a near-full introduction in 2020.

Leeds City Council Councillor Richard Lewis heralded the move as the start of a "revolution in bus travel". These measures are aimed at reducing traffic and congestion in the city and would improving air quality.

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