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Oxford Zero Emission Zone And What It Could Mean For You

Air pollution is a growing problem throughout the UK and multiple cities are introducing clean or low emission zones to discourage motorists from driving polluting vehicles. 

As of August 2021, Oxford has proposed plans to tackle air pollution and will be the very first UK city to introduce a zero emission zone.

This new zone will have a huge impact on road users across Oxford. Luckily, Scrap Local have created this quick guide to fill you in on everything you need to know about Oxford’s zero emission zone. We’ll also show you how to scrap your high emission vehicle in Oxford for the best prices!

How Will The Zero Emission Zone In Oxford Work?

Oxford’s zero emission zone will run from 7am to 7pm on a weekly basis. Vehicles travelling through the zero emission zone will be monitored and charged a daily fee if they fail to meet the zone’s standards for emissions. 

The new zone will mainly run through Oxford’s City Centre and will be introduced in two phases to ensure that it’s feasible. The first phase, also known as the Pilot Scheme, will begin in late 2021.

In 2022 a larger zone will be established in the city centre and Oxfordshire City Council are planning to expand the zero emission zone so that the whole of Oxford is covered by 2025!

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Which Roads Are Covered On The Oxford Zero Emission Zone Map?

The first phase of Oxford’s zero emission zone will cover roads in the city centre. The following roads will be subject to the new zone’s charges:

  • New Road (OX1 1AY)
  • Bonn Square (OX1 1LQ)
  • Queen Street (OX1 1PE)
  • Cornmarket Street (OX1 3EZ)
  • New Inn Hall Street (OX1 2DH)
  • Shoe Lane (OX1 2DP)
  • Market Street (OX1 3EF)
  • Ship Street (OX1 3DA)
  • St Michael’s Street (OX1 2DU)

The zero emission zone will cover the full-length of these roads except for New Road and Market Street. The area between Bonn Square and the junction leading to Castle Street will be covered along New Road. On Market Street the zero emission zone will extend east for 40 metres from the road’s junction with Cornmarket.

Information on Oxford’s zero emission zone is always subject to change. That’s why Scrap Local recommends that you use Oxfordshire City Council’s website for current details on where the zero emission zone in Oxford will be.

Which Vehicles Will Be Charged Under The New Emission Zone?

Most vehicles will be required to pay a daily charge to drive through Oxford’s zero emission zone. The amount motorists will have to pay will be determined by their vehicle’s emission standards.

Here are the current daily charges for different vehicles travelling through Oxford’s zero emission zone during 2021 and 2025:

Vehicles which emit 0g/km CO2 will receive the following daily charges:

  • £0 Daily Charge 2021
  • £0 Daily Charge 2025

Vehicles which emit less than 75g/km CO2 will receive the following daily charges:

  • £2 Daily Charge 2021
  • £4 Daily Charge 2025

The following daily charges will apply to vehicles with four wheels or more that meet Euro 4 petrol or Euro 6 diesel standards.

These charges will also apply to vehicles with less than four wheels that emit 75g/km CO2 or more:

  • £4 Daily Charge 2021
  • £8 Daily Charge 2025

Any vehicle that fails to meet the above standards will be required to pay the following daily charges:

  • £10 Daily Charge 2021
  • £20 Daily Charge 2025

These charges will run all year round for seven days a week from 7am to 7pm.

A charge covers the entire day meaning that vehicles can enter and be driven through the zone on multiple occasions. Charges do not apply to vehicles which are parked in the area and remain stationary.

Road users will have up to 6 days to pay their daily charge and can even pay in advance. The amount of time allowed for motorists to pay their daily charge will begin on the day after they’ve driven through Oxford’s zero emission zone.

The prices listed above are subject to change and an ultra-low emission truck standard has yet to be set for HGVs travelling through the zero emission zone in Oxford. Scrap Local advises that road users visit Oxfordshire City Council’s website for up to date information on the zero emission zone charges in Oxford.

Penalty Fines For Oxford's Zone

If you don’t pay the daily charge in 6 days, then you’ll be issued a penalty charge notice and a fee of £120! This amount will be reduced to £60 if the daily charge is paid within 14 days of the penalty charge notice being issued.

No vehicle will be banned from entering the zone, yet this scheme is designed to encourage more people to transition to cleaner vehicles and to stop using polluting cars and vans.

Want to avoid paying £10 or more to drive your car in Oxford’s zero emission zone? The best thing you can do for Oxford’s air and your wallet is to scrap your car with Scrap Local’s trusted vehicle buyers. Your vehicle can be removed for a guaranteed price with no hidden charges when you submit an enquiry to scrap your car in Oxford with Scrap Local!

Where Is The Best Place To Scrap My Car In Oxford?

Understandably, more people are looking to scrap their cars in Oxford due to these proposed changes. Daily charges and potential fines for frequent journeys to Oxford could be expensive for owners of high emission vehicles.

Moreover, Oxford isn’t the only city to propose a vehicle emission zone and it’s likely that the sale of new petrol and diesel cars will be banned in 2030 across the UK to make way for cleaner, electric vehicles. You can find out more about this potential ban in our short article.

Fortunately, Scrap Local can help you scrap your high emission car in Oxford without any hassle and for the best prices!

We work with trusted scrap car buyers throughout Oxford who offer our customers guaranteed prices and free vehicle collection. More importantly, Scrap Local partners with reputable Authorised Treatment Facilities (ATFs) who ensure that scrap cars from Oxford are de-polluted and scrapped in accordance with strict environmental guidelines.

So what are you waiting for? If your old set of wheels isn’t worth the time or money to drive through Oxford’s zero emission zone, then submit an enquiry to scrap your car with Scrap Local!

Frequently Asked Questions

The Oxford zero emission zone map as it currently stands covers key roads within the city centre.

The majority of these roads are fully covered by the zero emission zone in Oxford, however New Road and Market Street are only partially covered.

The zone will be expanded at a later date so it’s important to check Oxfordshire City Council’s website for up to date information on which roads the Oxford zero emission zone map will cover.

Vehicles which produce zero emissions will be exempt from Oxford’s zero emission zone.

Daily charges to drive through the zero emission zone also won’t apply to the following types of vehicle:

  • Registered local buses
  • Community transport vehicles
  • Emergency service vehicles
  • Military vehicles
  • Agricultural vehicles
  • Special vehicles
  • Hearses
  • Recovery vehicles
  • Oxford City Council licensed Hackney carriages
  • Older vehicles exempt from road tax

This list of exempt vehicles could change upon the zone’s expansion. Due to this, Scrap Local recommends that you go to Oxfordshire City Council’s website for more information on which vehicles are exempt from the zero emission zone. 

There will be exemptions and discounts in place for the road users listed below. However, these exemptions and discounts are only temporary and could change as Oxford’s zero emission zone expands:

  • Blue badge holders and vehicles under the disabled tax class
  • Vehicles used by health or care providers
  • Students arriving or leaving at the start and end of term
  • Residents in the pilot area
  • Private Hire Vehicles and Hackney carriages licensed outside of Oxford

For more information on the current discounts and exemptions from the zero emission zone please see Oxfordshire City Council’s official website.

It’s a good idea to scrap your car in Oxford if it’s too costly to run in the new emission zone.

The UK government have also announced that the sale of new petrol and diesel cars will be banned by 2030.

These changes will undoubtedly impact motorists across the country and Scrap Local can help you remove your old car without any stress and for the best price!

To scrap your car in Oxford and avoid daily charges from the new emission zone, submit an enquiry to Scrap Local’s trusted yards across Oxfordshire!

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