Oxford wants to be the first city centre Zero Emission Zone
Oxford, where PHBS UK is located, is an historical and architectural beautiful city and one of the UK’s oldest seats of learning. Besides these charming characteristics, Oxford also wants to be more environmentally friendly. Oxford wants to go greener.
To improve the health of those who live, work, study and visit Oxford, City Council and Oxfordshire County Council have published final draft proposals to be the UK’s first city centre Zero Emission Zone (ZEZ), to start from December 2020, banning all petrol and diesel-powered vehicles from entering city centre. The proposed Red Zone (in a small section of the city centre) marks the next step towards what is expected to be a cleaner air in Oxford.
It is also expected that the ZEZ will improve air pollution levels in towns and villages across Oxfordshire because the buses and taxis and other vehicles that serve Oxford also serve towns and villages across the county.
“2020 will be a crunch year for our climate and all our futures. We face a climate emergency that threatens all of our futures,” said the Councillor Tom Hayes, cabinet member for Zero Carbon Oxford, Oxford City Council. The Councillor added that “For the sake of everyone in Oxford, and especially our children’s lungs, we must clean up the lethal air we’re all breathing. Oxford’s Zero Emission Zone will come into force this year and help make 2020 the year we make a game-changing difference.”
The ZEZ is expected to be introduced later this year. In addition, a Green Zone is proposed for introduction in 2021/22, covering the rest of the city centre.