Oxford plans to introduce world's first zero-emission zone

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Oxford plans to introduce world's first zero-emission zone

It's worth noting that whether people are eager to accept the Oxford ZEZ or not, the national government has already announced that the United Kingdom will ban the sale of all fossil fuel cars starting in 2040; the final roll-out of the ZEZ will be only five years before that anyway. Anyone violating the ban with a non-electric vehicle in the ZEZ will probably be fined about £60 ($79) automatically.

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.

On Monday (16 October) the councils will launch a six-week public consultation on the proposals, which they said would take air pollution levels in Oxford city centre down to "near-background levels".

The ban will be staggered, with NO2-emitting taxis, cars, light commercial vehicles and buses excluded from a small number of streets in the city centre. The Oxford plans would beat that date by five years, but it's the earlier stages from 2020 to 2030 that are likely to cause the most difficulty. "We know that the future is electric vehicles with no tailpipe emissions; this is the beginning of a revolution in bus travel".

Going forward, it will need to be supported with further funding to install more electric vehicle charging infrastructure in Oxford.

The university city of Oxford, England has an even more aggressive goal than Paris.

Councillor John Tanner, Oxford city council executive board member for a clean and green Oxford, said: "Toxic and illegal air pollution in the city centre is damaging the health of Oxford's residents".

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.

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

“Everyone needs to do their bit – from national government and local authorities to businesses and residents – to end this public health emergency.”.

The modelling underpinning the zero emission zone proposals comes from a new study, which was commissioned jointly by Oxford City Council and Oxfordshire County Council, and was carried out by Ricardo Energy & Environment. This move could establish the world's first zero-emissions zone.

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