Background to the Oxford Zero Emission Zone (ZEZ)

Zero Emission Zone 2017 proposals

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Please note, these proposals are from 2017.

2017 proposals

Oxford City Council and Oxfordshire County Council are proposing to introduce the world’s first Zero Emission Zone in Oxford city centre.

The proposal would see diesel and petrol vehicles banned from Oxford city centre in phases, starting with some vehicle types and a small number of streets in 2020, and - as vehicle technology develops - moving to all vehicle types across the whole city centre in 2035.

Oxford city centre currently has illegally-high levels of toxic nitrogen dioxide, which contributes to diseases including cancer, asthma, stroke and heart disease - and contributes to around 40,000 deaths in the UK every year.

The Zero Emission Zone proposals would cut the nitrogen dioxide level in Oxford city centre’s most polluted street, George Street, by 74% by 2035 - bringing it well below the legal limit.

Find out more about the proposals by watching this short video:

You can find more detailed information about the proposals by viewing:

We want to make the Zero Emission Zone work for everyone, and between 16 October and 26 November 2017 we held a public consultation on the proposals.

In total, 755 individuals and businesses took part in the consultation. Although there was huge support for a Zero Emission Zone in Oxford, many concerns were raised.

Further engagement with key stakeholders and impacted parties are planned for the start of 2018.