The World's First Zero Emissions Zone Could be Coming in 2035

The World's First Zero Emissions Zone Could be Coming in 2035

The zero-emission areas will start expanding over time, as low-carbon vehicle technology develops and the deployment of electric vehicles spreads.

It'll be the first city in the United Kingdom to introduce such a ban, going further than London's Congestion Charge and upcoming T-Charge for high-polluting diesel cars. A step change is urgently needed; the new Zero Emission Zone is that step change. A move to ban all non-EVs across the city will follow in 2035, five years before the Government plans to ban sales of new petrol and diesel vehicles nationwide.

"The council would be better placed to first identify those vehicles that are most responsible for creating city pollution rather than simply implementing an outright ban on all non-zero-emissions vehicles from certain streets".

Initially, the city hopes to ban gas and diesel cars, taxis, and buses from six streets in the college town's historical center by 2020.

Oxford city councillor John Tanner said: "Everyone who uses Oxford centre has the right to breathe clean air".

Oxford is set to become the world's first Zero Emissions Zone, banning all petrol and diesel vehicles from its city centre. "Everyone needs to do their bit, from the national government and local authorities to businesses and residents, to end this public health emergency".

No decision on Sabarimala Temple Entry for women, referred to constitution bench
On Friday, the Supreme Court is likely to pronounce its landmark verdict on the entry of woman into Kerala's Sabarimala Temple. The women aged between 10 and 50 are not allowed from taking the pilgrimage to Sabarimala temple.

Parts of Oxford city centre are failing to meet the EU's legal air pollution limit, with average nitrogen dioxide (NO2) levels falling by just 3.9% between 2014 and 2016.

The City Council recognises the need for further funding to install EV charging infrastructure in the city.

This week also marked the trial launch of a new fully electric double-decker bus in Leeds. According to the Oxford Mail, adjusting for the ZEZ would cost city councils, bus operators, haulage companies, and taxi firms approximately £14 million ($18.5 million).

From 2030, non-zero emission taxis, cars, light commercial vehicles and buses would be excluded from all roads within Hollybush Row, Hythe Bridge Street, Worcester Street, Beaumont Street, St Giles', part of Parks Road, South Parks Road, St Cross Road, Longwall Street, Merton Street, Blue Boar Street, St Aldate's and Thames Street.

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