Authorities in Oxford plan ‘world’s first’ zero emission zone


City and county councils in Oxford have submitted joint proposals to introduce a Zero Emission Zone in Oxford city centre. They say it would be the first of its kind in the world, and could lead to “historic” reductions in air pollution

Oxford city council and Oxfordshire county council have put forward a proposal to introduce a Zero Emission Zone in Oxford city centre. They believe it would be the world’s first.

The Zero Emission Zone proposals ban emitting vehicles from Oxford city centre in phases, beginning with certain vehicle types and a small number of streets in 2020. As vehicle technology develops, it would move to all vehicle types across the whole city centre in 2035.

Representatives of the councils said it would take air pollution levels in Oxford city centre down to near-background levels. In the city centre’s most polluted street, George Street for example, a 74 per cent reduction in toxic nitrogen dioxide (NO2) levels is expected by 2035.

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On Monday (16 October), the city and county councils will launch a six-week public consultation

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