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Oxford plans to start banning petrol and diesel cars from 2020

Oxford plans to start banning petrol and diesel cars from 2020

The council would be better placed to first identify those vehicles that are most responsible for creating city pollution rather than simply implementing an outright ban on all non-zero emission vehicles from certain streets.

In the first stage of its plans from 2020, taxis, cars, light commercial vehicles and buses which are non zero-emission, will be banned from six streets in the city centre, including near the world-famous Oxford Union debating society.

According to the city council, Oxford city centre now has illegal levels of nitrogen dioxide (NO2), a leading cause of diseases such as cancer and heart disease.

According to the council, the new zero-emissions zone has the potential to reduce levels of nitrogen dioxide, - much of which comes from traffic fumes especially from diesel engines, by 74 percent by 2035.

John Tanner, the Oxford City Council environment chief claimed the electric initiative is "urgently needed". To date, the Government has provided Oxford £1.3m to install charging points for electric taxis and cars.




“Everyone needs to do their bit – from national government and local authorities to businesses and residents – to end this public health emergency.”. By 2025 another eight streets will be added, including Oxford's busiest road, George Street.

The plans will be put out for public consultation on Monday 16 October, a process that will last six weeks seeking views on the speed of the implementation, vehicles types and roads affected.

However, the proposal for a zero emission zone relies on technology being sufficiently developed to allow this to be practical. It is hoped these improvements to infrastructure will support the introduction of the Zero Emission Zone.

Other schemes under consideration to support the emissions-free zone include: offering reduced parking fees for electric vehicles, electric taxi-only ranks, and electric delivery vehicle-only loading areas. I would urge everyone who uses Oxford city centre to take part in the consultation.

'This will also mean that local residents who have invested in cleaner hybrid vehicles will now be targeted, which seems both unfair and an unwelcome disincentive as the use of these vehicles should be being encouraged'. The surprise news came after Sadiq Khan announced that London will have the world's first Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) in 2019 - a year ahead of schedule.


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