Oxford Diesel Ban: The First Zero-Emissions Zone
by Faye Duncan
Oxford have announced a plan to become the first ever zero-emissions zone. How? Well, they are going to ban all petrol and diesel vehicles from the city centre!
Oxford City Council and Oxfordshire County Council are all set to support the scheme to only allow electric vehicles within the city centre, including taxis and buses by 2020. Six streets, some of which currently fail to meet the European Union’s air quality standards, are first to be hit. The scheme will gradually expand to the whole city by 2035, banning petrol and diesel in any vehicles that produce harmful fumes such as cars, HGVs and bin lorries.
This scheme isn’t going to come cheap. It’s going to cost the city £7m to update all non-electric cars to electric and a further £7m for all the administration fees and the cost of updating the CCTV to aid the enforcement of this ban. After all this, they would still need financial support from government funding to continue growing.
So, why is Oxford banning diesel and petrol engines it if it’s going to cost so much? The aim is to make the city a healthier place to live by cutting down on the nitrogen dioxide levels which are so harmful to us. Transport currently contributes to three-quarters of the amount of nitrogen dioxide in the air because of traffic fumes, so moving towards the more economically friendly electric vehicles should improve the environment and the health of its residents.
Statistically 40% of premature deaths are caused by air pollution so it’s not surprising that a scheme like this has come about. The Government plan to take this a step further and have the production of all new petrol and diesel cars banned by 2040.
Oxford city councillor John Tanner expresses his concerns about the health of the Oxford population and is convinced a change is urgently needed to reduce the damage air pollution is doing.
As much support this campaign has, there are a few concerns. Phil Southall, head of the Oxford Bus Company, said: “Our buses run between 200 and 250 miles-a-day and at the moment the best electric double-decker on the market can do about 130 miles.” So, the question is, will the technology be ready to fulfil Oxfords plans to remove diesel and petrol from their city?
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