Oxford's Zero Emission Zone
Oxford Zero Emission Zone Pilot November 2020
Oxfordshire County Council and Oxford City Council are proposing to create a Zero Emission Zone (ZEZ) Pilot in Oxford city centre, starting in August 2021. The ZEZ Pilot would be based on a road user charging scheme.
The ZEZ Pilot was previously referred to as the ‘Red Zone’, while the wider ZEZ was referred to as the ‘Green Zone.’
The ZEZ Pilot would cover the streets outlined in red below.
[Map of ZEZ Pilot which consists of Bonn Square, Queen Street, Cornmarket, part of Market Street, Ship Street, St Michael’s Street, New Inn Hall Street, and Shoe Lane.]
The councils consulted on initial proposals for a ZEZ in 2017, published updated proposals in January 2019, and consulted informally on final draft proposals (focused on the Red Zone charging scheme) in January 2020. We began a final consultation on the Red Zone in March 2020, but this was suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Reflecting on the feedback from the January 2020 ZEZ consultation, the experience of COVID-19, and the feedback from the temporary city centre bus gates survey in the summer, the councils have made several changes to the ZEZ proposals.
The ZEZ would be implemented through a road user charging scheme.
This means vehicles used in the zone would be subject to charges, depending on their emissions.
- Only 100% zero emission vehicles would be able to be used in the zone free of charge.
- Other vehicles would be permitted in the zone but would be charged from £2 to £10 per day (rising to between £4 and £20 per day from August 2025) to drive in the zone between 7am and 7pm.
- There would be discounts and exemptions for some road users, including disabled motorists, residents and businesses in the zone.
The ZEZ will lead to cleaner air, quieter streets and contribute to the councils’ action on climate change. The ZEZ is designed to reduce traffic volumes, encourage the uptake of zero emission vehicles and lead to other positive behavioural changes; all of these would reduce vehicle emissions and hence air pollution whilst maintaining access for those who need it.
A formal consultation on the ZEZ Pilot will run from 20 November 2020 to 17 January 2021.
The consultation documents giving details of the final proposals are below, along with a questionnaire to give us your views.
The questionnaire allows you to upload documents, so if you are responding on behalf of an organisation you may want to use this facility to submit a PDF letter or other documents.