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. I would urge everyone who uses Oxford city centre to take part in the consultation. "With many of Oxford's students living and travelling on streets polluted with toxic air, and with nitrogen dioxide levels more than 50% above the legal limit on George Street in 2015, further action is urgently needed to protect us from our polluted air". Over 40,000 deaths a year in the United Kingdom are caused by air pollution according to a 2016 report by the Royal College of Physicians and Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health.
Whilst London is rolling out an ultra low emission zone, which will see the most gas-guzzling vehicles pay daily charges to enter the city centre from 2020, Oxford's Zero Emission Zone will ban emitting vehicles from entering part of the city centre from that date.
Oxford city councillor John Tanner said: "Everyone who uses Oxford centre has the right to breathe clean air". The next phase of the plan will involve a more comprehensive ban, which will usher in the zero-emissions zone in its entirety.
Oxfordshire county councillor Yvonne Constance said: "We want to hear from everyone who uses the city centre - including businesses, bus and taxi firms and local residents - so that we get the fullest possible picture".
From next week, the City and County councils will launch a six-week public consultation, inviting comments on the speed of the rollout and the vehicles and roads that could be affected.
Everyone needs to do their bit from national government and local authorities to businesses and residents to end this public health emergency..
However, Oxford's plans are essentially a done deal since the United Kingdom intends to ban fossil fuel-powered vehicles from sale by 2040.
"We know that there will be a wide variety of views and we want hear them all".
"We support the principle of a Zero Emission Zone in Oxford". The 150-mile range Metrodecker EV is being piloted as part of local bus operator First Leeds's commitment to invest £71m in 284 new ultra-low emissions buses for the city. These measures are aimed at reducing traffic and congestion in the city and would improving air quality.