Oxford Zero Emission Zone (ZEZ)

Zero Emission Zone 2019 proposals

Please note, these proposals are from 2019 and explains a previous iteration of the Zero Emission Zone in Oxford city centre. Oxford City Council and Oxfordshire County Council published the final formal consultation for the Red Zone of the Oxford Zero Emission Zone in March 2020, which can be viewed on our Zero Emission Zone page.

In January 2019, Oxford City Council and Oxfordshire County Council published updated proposals for a Zero Emission Zone (ZEZ) in Oxford city centre.

The updated proposals followed 15 months of listening to businesses, residents, transport operators and health experts in Oxfordshire.

They set a journey to zero transport emissions in Oxford by 2035.

From 2020, the ZEZ will see restrictions on some vehicles and journey types, which will increase gradually to all vehicles in the following years.

Find out more about the 2019 proposals by watching this short video:

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

The aim of the ZEZ is to tackle Oxford’s toxic air pollution and protect the health of everyone who lives in, works in and visits the city.

Councillor Tom Hayes describing the importance of the ZEZ:

Over the coming months, the City and County councils continued to consult on, and carry out further studies to develop, the plans – to produce fully-costed, effective and deliverable proposals during 2019.

Residents and businesses will then be formally consulted on the finalised proposals.

Councillor Yvonne Constance discussing the ZEZ: