Oxford City Council and Oxfordshire County Council have launched the final, formal consultation for the UK’s first City Centre Zero Emission Zone (ZEZ), due to be introduced in December 2020.
The Red Zone, which covers a small part of Oxford City Centre, marks the next step towards cleaner air in Oxford.
The formal consultation on the Red Zone is open to all now and will run until midnight on Wednesday 15th April 2020.
Following feedback from the informal consultation in January, both Councils have agreed a number of updates to the final proposals on the Red Zone.
Both Councils are inviting comments on the final proposals, which are expected to be reported to the Councils’ Cabinets in summer 2020.
The Zero Emission Zone aims to reduce Oxford’s toxic air pollution levels, tackle the climate emergency, and improve the health of residents, workers and visitors in Oxford and beyond.
The key points of the latest proposals are:
- The introduction of a charging scheme in the Red Zone between 07:00-19:00hrs, with an introductory £10 charge for non-compliant vehicles entering the zone, rising to £20 from August 2025.
- Exemptions for businesses registered in the Red Zone until July 2025, followed by a discount until July 2030.
- A 90% discount for residents living in the zone until July 2030.
- Buses and Oxford licensed Hackney Carriages, which drive within the planned Zero Emission Zone, have already agreed timelines for zero emission fleets across Oxford and will not be subject to charges.
Information about the consultation can be viewed on the Councils’ websites. Hard copies of the consultation can also be viewed at County Hall or Oxford City Council offices and a number of libraries across Oxfordshire.
The consultation closes at 23:59hrs on 15th April.
Find out more and take part in the consultation at www.oxfordshire.gov.uk/zeroemissionzone