Oxfordshire suspends implementation of ZEZ

March 25 2020

ITS (UK) member Oxfordshire County Council has announced that the introduction of a Low Emission Zone in Oxford has been postponed to allow companies to concentrate on core business during these unprecedented times and not worry about complying with new conditions.

The full statement is below:

Both Oxfordshire County Council and Oxford City Council are committed to taking climate action to address the need to reduce emissions and offer residents and visitors a cleaner, healthier and safer environment. We would like to reassure you that we remain wholly committed to the introduction of the proposed Zero Emission Zone in the city centre.

We can announce that this week £150,000 funding has been secured from Defra to purchase Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) technology to assist in the delivery of the Oxford ZEZ.

However, amid the current situation with coronavirus with Government acknowledging an economic crisis, both councils recognise that businesses and residents across the city, including those in the Red Zone, need to focus all of their attention on managing the current and potential impacts on their trade and way of life. The councils have therefore decided that during this period of uncertainty, businesses should not be expected to devote time to the detailed logistical planning required for the Oxford ZEZ.

Therefore, the current plan to launch the Red Zone for the Oxford Zero Emission Zone in December 2020 is now postponed. We will be closing the current formal consultation on the Red Zone but responses submitted so far will be read and saved. If you have provided contact details, we will contact you at the start of the next consultation to confirm if you wish to add your previous response. The councils plan to resume the consultation in late 2020, and a view to implement the scheme in the Summer of 2021.

Further updates can be found at the Zero Emission Zone page on our website:

https://www.oxfordshire.gov.uk/residents/roads-and-transport/connecting-oxfordshire/oxford-zero-emission-zone

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