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Oxford to ban petrol and diesel cars in 2020

Oxford to ban petrol and diesel cars in 2020

LONDON: The university city of Oxford has unveiled plans to ban petrol and diesel cars from its centre as part of the most radical set of proposals so far in Britain to curb pollution.

Whilst London is rolling out an “ultra low emission zone”, which will see the most gas-guzzling vehicles pay daily charges to enter the city centre from 2020, Oxfo­rd’s “Zero Emission Zone” will ban emitting vehicles from entering part of the city centre from that date.

Since German carmaker Volkswagen admitted in 2015 to cheating US emissions tests, politicians around the world have unveiled plans to clamp down on diesel vehicles in a bid to improve air quality and meet more stringent targets. All of us who drive or use petrol or diesel vehicles through Oxford are contributing to the city’s toxic air,” said city council board member John Tanner.

“Everyone needs to do their bit from national government and local authorities to businesses and residents to end this public health emergency.”

Published in Dawn, October 13th, 2017

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