By the year 2020, Oxford will be the first city in the world to completely ban all petrol and diesel vehicles from parts of it’s city centre, 15 years before the Government aims to ban the sale of new non-EVs entirely. A 2016 report carried out by the Royal College of Physicians and Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health said that over 40,000 deaths a year in the UK are caused by air pollution and Oxford currently has illegal levels of nitrogen dioxide (NO2). The city’s council has already begun preparations for the ban by securing a £500,000 Government fund to install electric charging points for taxis and an additional £800,000 for regular motorists.
Councillor John Tanner of Oxford city council went to say: ““Toxic and illegal air pollution in the city centre is damaging the health of Oxford’s residents. A step change is urgently needed; the Zero Emission Zone is that step change. The County and City together are proposing a staged Zero Emission Zone from 2020 in the city centre, with additional measures to bring down chronic pollution in St Clement’s Street, High Street and St Aldate’s. Everyone who uses Oxford centre has the right to breathe clean air.”
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