Oxford Zero Emission Zone Will Go Live In February

Oxford Zero Emission Zone Will Go Live In February

Oxford Zero Emission Zone Will Go Live In February

Oxford County Council has announced that it’ll be launching a Zero Emission Zone in the city next month…

Oxford Gets Zero Emission Zone

Both Oxfordshire County Council and Oxford City Council have announced their intention to launch a Zero Emission Zone (ZEZ) in the city next month. The first of its kind in the UK, it’ll launch in two phases. During the initial launch, both diesel and petrol cars will have to pay to enter the city centre; this will be called the ‘red zone’. The so-called ‘green zone’, which covers the rest of the wider city centre, will go live at a later date.

In essence, the plan is a stricter version of London’s ULEZ. Less-polluting vehicles in London dodge fees, but in Oxford’s ZEZ they face a reduced fee. Only zero-emission vehicles will be able to travel through the ZEZ without facing any fees at all; making it the strictest measure yet implemented in any British city.

The red zone will be live between 7am and 7pm. Non-compliant vehicles will face a charge of £10 to enter. Local residents, however, will be exempt until 2025. The likes of buses, taxis, emergency vehicles and ‘historic’ vehicles (registered 40 years or more ago) can enter for free. Blue Badge holders won’t pay until 2024 and local businesses will get a discounted rate until 2030.

‘Leading the Revolution’

Councillor Tom Hayes, cabinet member for Zero Carbon Oxford, Oxford City Council, commented on the upcoming ZEZ. He said, “with our strengthened Zero Emission Zone and the introduction of hundreds of supporting charging points, our medieval city is leading the electric vehicle revolution”.

He continued, “our two councils have taken a fresh look at the big idea of charging commuters to drive polluting vehicles in and out of the city centre. And we’re listening to Oxford’s Citizens’ Assembly on Climate Change by speeding up our journey to a city-wide Zero Emission Zone”.

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