Oxford to ban all petrol and diesel cars by 2020

Posted: October 13, 2017 by oldbrew in Emissions, pollution, Travel
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Anyone who thought switching from diesel to a petrol vehicle would be a good idea might have to think again, if they ever intended to drive into UK city centres. And that’s just the start, if the Oxford plan sets the tone.

Oxford is to become the world’s first zero-emissions zone, as it looks to ban all non-electric vehicles from its city centre by 2020, says the IB Times.

The university town will become the first city in the UK to ban all polluting vehicles from its centre. All petrol and diesel vehicles, including cars, buses and vans, will be barred from six main streets in the centre as of 2020.


The zero-emissions zone will be extended in 2025 and 2030, and by 2035 all non-electric vehicles will not be allowed into the city.

The scheme aims to reduce the city’s air pollution by 75%. The council will have to replace all buses, gritting trucks and bin lorries with non-electric vehicles.

The total cost of replacing the diesel and petrol vehicles with electric or hybrid alternatives is expected to amount to £7m (€7.75m). A further £7m will be spent on CCTV cameras to monitor whether drivers are obeying the new rules.

Anyone caught driving a non-electric vehicle can expect a fine of £60.

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Comments
  1. John Catley says:

    How will replacing buses, gritting trucks and bin lorries with non-electric vehicles help?

    [reply] looks like a typo, should say ‘electric’

  2. I suggest Oxford voters tell the councillors to pay the £7m

  3. A C Osborn says:

    Good, first of all it should be totally enforced.
    No Bin Men
    No Taxis
    No Delivery Lorries
    No delivery Vans
    No Buses
    No coaches
    No Customer Cars or Motorcycles.
    No Repair Vehicles of any kind
    No Cash Delivery Vehicles
    The result will be massive Bankruptcies in the businesses, total loss of Car Parking Revenue, ie a bankrupt, dirty, smelly, refuse and rat ridden and cashless City.
    Good luck to them not being Lynched from the nearest lampost.

  4. fortune teller says:

    Oxford centre already has a no vehicle rule. Even delivery drivers to shops and cafes etc have to unload before 9am or they are fined (although companies usually pay the fines). It has been like that for years. The CCTV cameras are already there – and designed to catch anyone breaking the vehicle ban. This appears to be an attempt to add buses and bin lorries and council vehicles to the list as buses are still able to enter the Gloucester Green bus station right in the middle of the city centre. I suppose it will depend on whether the bus companies will want to dig into their pockets. They might just drop off people at the exclusion zone and get them to walk into the centre. It makes more sense than forking out a fortune for a new fleet.

  5. Roger,

    Who is oldbrew?

    Alex

  6. ivan says:

    Can’t use hybrid cars because they might need to run the fossil fuel engine.

    This is the sort of stupidity you get from an over abundance of green lefty academics who never live in the real world.

  7. u.k.(us) says:

    I’ve heard of Oxford, where exactly is it ?

    [reply] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oxford

  8. stpaulchuck says:

    and that smacks of dumping your garbage in the neighbor’s yard. Electric vehicles have to be charged up. Windmills and solar panels will never be more than 2% or 3% of the main source so it’s all down to coal, gas, and nukes… in someone else’s back yard.

  9. E.M.Smith says:

    2020 eh? Typical capital depreciation on major vehicles is 4 to 5 years. They last more like 8 to 15. 2020 is 2 years away. So pretty much every owner of significant construction snd operations vehicles has just been told to trash their capital budgets and purchase plans, then kiss off about 8 years of return on capital.

    Oh, and where are the electric cement mixers, tow trucks, fire trucks, ambulances, grid repair bucket trucks, road graders, etc. etc.

    Just crazy talk unconnected to reality. Let them hit the reality wall hard.

  10. ferdberple says:

    People are not zero emission. How soon before Oxford bans them?

  11. Dodgy Geezer says:

    …Anyone caught driving a non-electric vehicle can expect a fine of £60……

    So… what they are saying is that they want to put a £60 congestion charge in place (electric vehicles exempt, as usual), and have found a better way to fool the public into accepting this….

  12. Stuart Brown says:

    “All petrol and diesel vehicles, including cars, buses and vans, will be barred from six main streets in the centre as of 2020.”

    6 streets, guys and gals – get a grip! Now if you said the media were hyping something out of all proportion, I’d agree with every word.

    The feasibility study seems to recognise that most vehicles will last at least 15 years – https://www.oxford.gov.uk/downloads/file/4019/zero_emission_zone_feasibility_study_october_2017

    Not read it in depth but noted 2 FoE reps on the consultation panel, hmm

  13. Tim Hammond says:

    Typical one-sided nonsense. What happened to the requirement that government had to consider all sides of a question, not just one?

    Even if you accept the claims about air pollution (which are rotten science, through and through), you still have to assess the negative impacts of this e.g. spending money on replacements rather than say doctors or clinics, what happens to ambulances and other emergency services and so on.

    Instead they look at one indicator that makes them feel good and ignore the other consequences and choices. Presumably they have never heard of opportunity cost and think that everything can be funded rather than choices made?

  14. oldbrew says:

    Back to the future?

    The City of Oxford Tramways Company and its successor the City of Oxford Electric Tramways Company operated a horse-drawn passenger tramway service in Oxford between 1881 and 1914.
    . . .
    The method of electrification could not be agreed upon…

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/City_of_Oxford_Tramways_Company

  15. oldbrew says:

    A C Osborn says: ‘No Taxis’

    They’re onto that…and looking for a state handout…

    Is it farewell to Oxford’s black cabs as new electric cars to be brought in?
    THE city’s black cabs will be phased out from the end of 2018 to make way for new electric taxis in a bid to tackle air pollution.

    Electric vehicle charging points could soon be installed across the city by the council for its fleet of black cabs as it prepares for a Zero Emission Zone by 2020.
    . . .
    The council pledged to work with drivers to help them get government grants toward buying the new vehicles.

    http://www.oxfordmail.co.uk/news/15401570.Is_it_farewell_to_Oxford_s_black_cabs_as_new_electric_cars_to_be_brought_in_/

  16. Curious George says:

    The City of Oxford Tramways Company … operated a horse-drawn passenger tramway service in Oxford between 1881 and 1914.
    How about donkeys this time? An abundant supply available. And a plenty of jobs for street cleaners.

  17. oldbrew says:

    Which way is Oxford?

  18. ivan says:

    Can we assume the white one is the leader of the council and the others are the green lobby?

  19. p.g.sharrow says:

    even worse, they are wearing “Rainbow” livery! Likely ridden by PC police…pg

  20. BoyfromTottenham says:

    Typo in para 5 – ‘non-electric’ should be ‘electric’. Otherwise the article reads well as a bit of left-wing idiocy. Vale Oxford as a seat of higher learning.

  21. Dave Ward says:

    “6 streets, guys and gals – get a grip! Now if you said the media were hyping something out of all proportion, I’d agree with every word”

    These projects always start small, then once they’ve got people (under protest) used to new ways you’ll find they start spreading. It’s happening in my home city with 20mph limits and pedestrianisation. Oxford is part of the global organisation “Compact of Mayors” https://www.compactofmayors.org/
    They are one of many such groups working behind the scenes who are determined to push through climate legislation, regardless of national government rules:

    “Commitments to the Compact of Mayors are set to deliver half of the global urban potential greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reductions available by 2020 but there is much more work to be done to fill the gap left by national pledges”

  22. oldbrew says:

    As the report says:
    The zero-emissions zone will be extended in 2025 and 2030, and by 2035 all non-electric vehicles will not be allowed into the city.

  23. Gamecock says:

    ‘The scheme aims to reduce the city’s air pollution by 75%.’

    Does Oxford actually have an air pollution problem? Is their air going to go from “clean” to 75% “cleaner?”

    [reply] 10th ‘Most Polluted Urban Area’ in the UK
    http://www.worldatlas.com/articles/most-polluted-cities-in-the-united-kingdom.html

  24. Stuart Brown says:

    Dave Ward – I agree with you, but a lot of the chat above was about having to replace vehicles immediately. I don’t think even Oxford CC believe that is feasible, but they say:

    “The bus fleet is relatively modern: no vehicles are older than about 7 years and the whole fleet meets the Euro V standard or better. This has been driven by the current Euro V based LEZ for buses in the city.”

    I didn’t know about the ‘Compact of Mayors’ and clearly they have previous – I doubt the bus companies are happy with the idea of replacing the fleet again.

    Gamecock – it’s supposedly about reducing the NOx levels in the centre of the city. In the report it’s clear most of this comes from busses and HGVs, not cars, and also that levels are already reducing anyway. If they do nothing, only 2 streets are definitely over the limit in 2020, only one by 2025.

    Oldbrew – As you say, but 2035 is 18 years away.

    I have driven through the centre of Oxford a couple of times, but wouldn’t do it voluntarily – it wasn’t designed for cars. I also like pedestrianised historic old centres – but to visit rather than shop in. Maybe that doesn’t make for a good business model for city centres.

    But on the whole, I still think this is all about Oxford CC waving a green flag and getting it in the press rather than any real issue for the car drivers of Oxford. The argument should be more about Oxford CC wasting £7m than whether banning FF cars from a small area makes sense, surely?

  25. Bitter&Twisted says:

    I bet Oxford Council is stuffed full of PPE* graduates

    * The greatest destroyer of common sense known to man (and woman)..

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