Oxford City Council has begun to prepare for the Zero Emissions Zone, to be implemented in 2020, having secured £500,000 of Government funding to install charging points for electric taxis. There is also a further £800,000 to install 100 EV charging points for other motorists.
A six-week public consultation will be held from the 16 October – 26 November to gain feedback from the public concerning the zero-emissions proposal.
According to the city council, Oxford city centre currently has illegal levels of nitrogen dioxide (NO2). Over 40,000 deaths a year in the UK are caused by air pollution according to a 2016 report by the Royal College of Physicians.
A move to ban all non-electric and non-hydrogen vehicles across the city will follow in 2035, five years before the Government plans to ban sales of new petrol and diesel vehicles nationwide.