Oxford to launch Britain’s first Zero Emission Zone in February 2022

Britain’s first Zero Emission Zone (ZEZ) pilot is set to launch in Oxford in February 2022, with the registration system for exemptions and discounts going live in December 2021.

Oxford City Council and Oxfordshire County Council have confirmed the new timeline after working together to resolve technical complexities in the bespoke supporting online systems for the ZEZ. 

The refreshed dates avoid any disruption that might have been created by introducing the ZEZ pilot during the run up to Christmas – a crucial time for businesses. 

The exact start date for the ZEZ pilot will be confirmed later this year, followed by a review of the timeline for the wider ZEZ to cover most of Oxford city centre. 

The ZEZ pilot means polluting vehicles will be charged if driven in key city centre streets between the hours of 7am - 7pm, seven days a week. 

Under the ZEZ pilot, those who drive polluting vehicles into the zone will be charged, with the level of the charge dependent on how polluting the vehicle is. Under the scheme, zero emission vehicles will not be charged to drive in the zone. 

More details can be found on the Oxford City Council website.