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Oxford Zero-Emission Zone, Location, Charges and How To Pay

Oxford Zero Emission Zone daily charge, and area of operation

Britain’s first Zero Emission Zone Launched in Oxford on February 28th, 2022 as a pilot scheme tasked with reducing the pollution that causes health issues. As the name suggests, only drivers in clean, zero-emission, fully electric vehicles will be able to enter for free. Motorists in petrol, diesel, and hybrid vehicles will be charged according to how much pollution they emit.

Oxford Zero-Emission charges

Oxford zero-emission zone charges apply from 7 am to 7 pm every day, most vehicles will need to pay a daily charge depending on their emissions if used in the pilot area. However, the scheme does not ban any vehicles from being used in the zone. Charges don't apply to vehicles that are parked within the zone and do not move.

Oxford Zero-Emission map

The Oxford zero-emission zone covers Bonn Square, Queen Street, Cornmarket Street, part of Market Street, Ship Street, St Michael's Street, New Inn Hall Street, and Shoe Lane.

Oxford clean air zone map

How to pay

Drivers of zero emission vehicles will not be charged to drive in the zone, but drivers of all petrol and diesel vehicles, including hybrids, will be charged from £2 to £10 per day, with automatic number plate recognition cameras used to enforce the new rules. you can pay the charges online up to 6 days in advance, on the day the vehicle is driven in the zone or or in the following six days.

Exemptions and discounts

Zero emission vehicles (such as fully electric motorcycles, cars and vans) can be used in the ZEZ without incurring a daily charge. You do not need to apply for a discount or exemption if your vehicle is zero emission.

Discounts are available for:

  • Blue Badge holders
  • Disabled tax vehicles
  • Selected low emission hybrid private hire and Hackney carriage vehicles
  • Residents in the zero emission zone
  • Health or care workers
  • Community transport vehicles
  • Businesses in the zero emission zone
  • Students in financial hardship moving in or out of the zero emission zone

You can apply for discounts via the internet on the Oxford City Council website.

Frequently Asked Questions

Britain’s first Zero Emission Zone Launched in Oxford on February 28th, 2022.

The Oxford zero-emission zone covers Bonn Square, Queen Street, Cornmarket Street, part of Market Street, Ship Street, St Michael's Street, New Inn Hall Street, and Shoe Lane.

Zero emission vehicles (such as fully electric motorcycles, cars and vans) can be used in the ZEZ without incurring a daily charge. You do not need to apply for a discount or exemption if your vehicle is zero emission.

Drivers of zero emission vehicles will not be charged to drive in the zone, but drivers of all petrol and diesel vehicles, including hybrids, will be charged from £2 to £10 per day