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Proposed zero emission zone

A ZEZ pilot launched in a small area of Oxford’s city centre in February 2022.

A zero-emission zone (ZEZ) is an area where vehicles that are fully zero-emission can be driven free of charge. Other vehicles that rely on fossil fuels need to pay a charge for driving in the area. Funds raised by the ZEZ will be used to support the transition to zero-emission transport in the city.

Pilot

ZEZ pilot launched in a small area of Oxford’s city centre on 28 February. The pilot will allow councils to gain useful insights before introducing a larger ZEZ covering most of Oxford city centre next year, subject to further public consultation.

Reasons

Vehicle emissions are one of Oxford's most significant causes of air pollution. They are harmful to our health and contribute to climate change.

A zero-emission zone will:

  • encourage people to switch to low and zero-emission vehicles
  • make other positive changes to their travel behaviour
  • generate funding to support the transition to zero-emission vehicles.

This will improve the air quality in Oxford and reduce traffic while still maintaining access for those who need it.

How does it work?

Traffic signs identify the location of the zone. The scheme is enforced using automatic number plate recognition cameras.

Charges are payable by all vehicles unless they emit zero emissions or have a 100 per cent discount or exemption. Income from the scheme will be used to pay for its development and operation as well as to improve transport in the city, including schemes to support the transition to zero-emission transport.