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Oxford to ban all petrol and diesel cars by 2020

Oxford to ban all petrol and diesel cars by 2020”

Stagecoach Oxfordshire managing director Martin Sutton said: "There is still some way to go before zero-emission technology for buses is fully developed and we look forward to working with both city and county councils to explore what can be achieved and in what timescales".

Oxford has announced plans to ban all polluting vehicles in the city centre as it hopes to introduce the world's first zero-emission zone.

The university city of Oxford plans to ban petrol and diesel cars from its center as part of the most radical set of proposals so far in Britain to curb pollution.

While off-road construction machinery has not yet been specifically mentioned, it is nearly certain to be brought into scope, given the stringency of what is being proposed for vehicles.

The zero-emissions zone will be extended in 2025 and 2030, and by 2035 all non-electric vehicles will not be allowed into the city.

Despite NO2 levels dropping by 36.9 per cent across Oxford, certain parts of the city centre are still highly polluted.

Experts claim that the plan is being introduced could reduce the unsafe levels of harmful nitrogen dioxide (NO2) present in the city centre by up to 70 per cent.

Starting from 2020 only electric vehicles will be permitted on a steadily growing number of streets in the city. The City Council is looking for funding for more battery charging infrastructure.

Confirming this development, John Tanner, Oxford city council cabinet member for environment, said: "Toxic and illegal air pollution in the city centre is damaging the health of Oxford's residents".

While such a dramatic change in the city center's urban design may encourage less driving, thus less greenhouse gas emissions, the zone was inspired by a need to reduce levels of nitrogen dioxide, most of which comes from auto exhaust, by three-fourths.

Mr Khan, who is secretary for the the City of Oxford Licensed Taxicab Association (COLTA), said: "We would be required to possibly make huge investment in the only suitable "zero emissions capable" vehicle in production - in the region of £60,000. Everyone needs to do their bit - from national Government and local authorities, to businesses and residents - to end this public health emergency".

This article was published on 12 Oct 2017 (last updated on 12 Oct 2017).



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