Oxford zero emission zone

Details of our proposals for a zero emission zone in Oxford city centre.

Oxford City Council and Oxfordshire County Council are proposing to introduce a zero emission zone (ZEZ) in Oxford city centre.

The proposal would see emissions requirements implemented in Oxford city centre in phases, from 2020 to 2035.

Parts of Oxford city centre currently have illegally-high levels of toxic nitrogen dioxide, which contributes to diseases including cancer, asthma, stroke and heart disease - and contributes to around 36,000 deaths in the UK every year.

Red zone proposals

We’re proposing to introduce a road user charging scheme for the red zone from 1 December 2020. Further details (including a map of the red zone) can be found in on page 7 of our ZEZ update (pdf format, 1.1Mb).

This is the same type of scheme as used in other UK cities to enforce emission requirements. Zero emission vehicles would be able to drive in the zone free of charge. Other vehicles would have to pay £10 per day (rising to £20 per day from December 2024) to drive in the zone between 7am and 7pm. There would be no charge outside these times. 

You can view traffic currently using the red zone (pdf format, 300Kb) and watch a video of the proposals.

Have your say

Until 31 January we are inviting views on proposals for the red zone. 

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