Following the Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) that came into effect in London on 8 April 2019, more cities are proposing to follow suit in an attempt to improve air quality.
Oxford City Council and Oxfordshire County Council have published updated proposals for a Zero Emission Zone (ZEZ) in the city centre. The first of its kind the in country, it will result in all non-zero emission vehicles being prohibited from entering the proposed zone.
Why is it happening?
Councils are being forced to take action to cut emissions as many cities in the UK exceed the legal level of toxic air pollution. Oxford falls into this category in four of the city’s air pollution monitoring locations.
With a large proportion of emissions being generated by motorised traffic, a Zero Emission Zone is the most logical and effective solution to combat rising emissions. After a 6 week consultation period whereby 750 residents and businesses were involved, 70% agreed to a phased approach to Oxford ZEZ.
How will this affect me?
From 2020, expect all non-zero emission vehicles to potentially be banned during certain hours from parking and loading on public highway in an inner zone.
By 2022, Hackney carriage taxi drivers will be required to have at least Euro 4 standard to renew their licence, and zero-emission capable vehicles to receive a new licence.
Councils are considering extending the emission-based measures within the Green Zone to include cars by 2025. Also, Hackney carriage taxi drivers will be required to have zero-emission capable vehicles to renew their licence or receive a new licence.
From 2035 the councils are considering restricting all non-zero emission capable vehicles – including all buses, vans, lorries and cars – from entering the Green Zone.
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