France and Britain already have plans to ban diesel- and gasoline-powered cars by 2040, but cities within the countries have speedier goals.
Banning approximately 99% of all current vehicles from key central streets of Oxford in less than three years' time will cause significant headaches for bus and taxi companies, let alone delivery companies and personal drivers.
The ban will reduce nitrogen dioxide levels in the city's worst pollution blackspot, George Street, by 74%, returning it to natural levels of pollution.
A six-week public consultation will be held from the 16 October to the 26 November to gain feedback from the public concerning the zero-emissions proposal. "A step change is urgently needed; the zero emissions zone is that step change". The 2020 ruling would see all petrol and diesel cars, taxis, light commercial vehicles and buses banned from a small area of downtown.
In 2035 heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) will also be banned from the same area.
At least initially, Oxford would fine gas and diesel vehicles about $80 if they're caught operating within the zero emissions zone. "We know that the future is electric vehicles with no tailpipe emissions; this is the beginning of a revolution in bus travel".
The councils have acknowledged that more funding will be required to implement these new measures.
The university city of Oxford, England has an even more aggressive goal than Paris.
He said: "It is very pleasing to see this, locally-built, first fully electric and zero emissions bus being trialled in Leeds and we look forward to seeing it in action on our park and ride services".
Oxford city councillor John Tanner said: "Everyone who uses Oxford centre has the right to breathe clean air. Everyone needs to do their bit - from national Government and local authorities, to businesses and residents - to end this public health emergency".
The modelling underpinning the zero emission zone proposals comes from a new study, which was commissioned jointly by Oxford City Council and Oxfordshire County Council, and was carried out by Ricardo Energy & Environment.
'All of us who drive or use petrol or diesel vehicles through Oxford are contributing to the city's toxic air.
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