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Cars, vans and buses will be banned from 2020, with trucks following in 2035; zero emission zone will also expand over the years
Jimi Beckwith
2 mins read
13 October 2017

Oxford will ban petrol and diesel cars from its city centre from 2020 onwards in the latest round of air quality plans. 

It’ll be the first city in the UK to introduce such a ban, going further than London’s Congestion Charge and upcoming T-Charge for high-polluting diesel cars. Oxford City Council also declared that it would be the first zone of its type in the world. 

The ban will reduce nitrogen dioxide levels in the city’s worst pollution blackspot, George Street, by 74%, returning it to natural levels of pollution.

The idea hasn’t yet been given the green light and will face a six-week public consultation. Traditionally, though, Oxford is an environmentally aware city, so the proposal is expected to face less opposition than the capital’s upcoming T-Charge. 

Oxford’s zero emission zone will also evolve every five years. After the initial launch, the city will extend the area in 2025 and 2030; in 2035, non-zero-emission HGVs will also be banned from the area. 

Oxford city councillor John Tanner said: “Everyone who uses Oxford centre has the right to breathe clean air. I would urge everyone who uses Oxford city centre to take part in the consultation. We need to know, in detail, what people’s needs are so that we can plan a zero emission zone that minimises impact on business and residents while maximising impact on the city’s health.”

Local bus operators have expressed support for the scheme, with Stagecoach and the Oxford Bus Company having invested heavily in electrified buses recently.

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13 October 2017

I am not fussed about visiting Oxford anyway, so f**k them, I will spend my money visiting other interesting cities/towns.

They have always been anti car anyway.  Oxford isnt all that anyway - full of foreign tourists compared to Bath/Winchester/Norwich/Cambridge etc.

And what is 'natural levels of pollution' anyway.....bearing in mind that that virtually every house will be heated with fossil fuel!

13 October 2017
289 wrote:

I am not fussed about visiting Oxford anyway, so f**k them, I will spend my money visiting other interesting cities/towns.

They have always been anti car anyway.  Oxford isnt all that anyway - full of foreign tourists compared to Bath/Winchester/Norwich/Cambridge etc.

I know Oxford very well (used to live there) and I know Cambridge extremely well (have lived here for 13 years) and I can say confidently that Oxford does not have a higher number of foreign tourists than Cambridge. Cambridge is besieged by tourists, lines and lines of coaches every day on The Backs. Cambridge is an absolutely gridlocked basket-case of a place that will follow Oxford's lead very soon. It's an inevitability, no matter how loudly we residents protest.


13 October 2017

OK, I accept that Cambridge was maybe a bad example....I last lived near there 37 years was great then. But I was making the point that Oxford isnt soooo special compared to other great cities in the country, and also that 'natural levels of pollution is a nonesense.

14 October 2017

Accepted and agreed. 

13 October 2017

Talk about using a bulldozer to crack a nut...

How many parents are compelled to drop off and then collect at term end all their offspring's clobber (6 visits a year for 3 years) for those lucky enough to study at Oxford University and reside compulsorily in the Colleges' historic city centre accomodation...

With the expense of education nowadays I rarely saw a new or small car doing this, most of us coming long distances and sporting well used diesels plus anything 4x4ish with the sizeable luggage capacity to sustain a student for 8 weeks... the books alone take up 3 massive very heavy boxes! 

If Oxford City Council bigwigs had a modicum of pragmatic intellect they would force the buses, and taxis to be low / non polluting and incentivise / compel the masses of transits and smaller vans to do the much the same...

Wake up Oxford... you can do better and you should !!!



13 October 2017

If you ban me because the government allowed me to buy the mode of transport i put my hard earned money into, i will go else where, i may even shop online and then your high street will be empty of humans other than white van man delivering parcels, or full of google drones. Note: be sensible or you will be out of a JOB.

13 October 2017

Bravo Oxford !!!!

As as driver I guess I shouldn't be applauding Oxford, but if a council is serious about cleaning up the environment then a total ban is the way to go.

It's all those councils who use the environment as an excuse for raising funds I have a problem with. Take London for example - are you seriously trying to tell me a millionaire in his or her Ferrari is going to be bothered by a £10 charge? Yet a student nurse on his or her way to a 14hr shift in their small cheaper more environmentally friendly is put off by the charge.

Congestion charging is just a smokescreen (if you'll excuse the pun) for generating more revenue - it does sweet burger all for cleaning up the environment.

13 October 2017

Without massive support for the working class and the sqeaszied middle class it will amount to a ban on us poorer people.

Folks need to take the car into town when shopping for larger items.

13 October 2017

I always thought congestion charge was a stupid name, it's clearly a car tax.  A massive Tesla Model X 7 seater with 1 person in it pays nothing yet a tiny Peugeot with 4 people pays?!  4 Teslas create more congestion than 1 Peugeot!


14 October 2017

Totally agree with your point Deputy. The trouble is, doing nothing is no longer an option. Something, whatever that may be, has to be done to improve air quality if nothing else. It's a complex problem unfortunately. Complex is usually too much for the authorities/government to handle.


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