New car tax rules to hit petrol and diesel owners with £10 daily fee from today

'Clean air zone' plans mean diesel drivers could face charges

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Oxford’s Zero Emissions Zone (ZEZ) pilot launches from today across nine streets in the city centre. The new rules will not ban any petrol or diesel drivers from using the streets as long as a daily charge has been paid.

Which cars will be affected?

Oxford City Council has said most vehicles will need to pay some sort of daily fee.

Only zero-emissions fully-electric cars are allowed in the charging zone without paying, meaning fees apply for everyone else.

Ultra Low Emissions Vehicles emitting less than 75g/km of CO2 will pay £2 per day to enter the zone.

Low Emission Vehicles that meet Euro 4 petrol or Euro 6 diesel standard will pay £4 per day.

However, all other vehicles including many petrol and diesel cars will pay the highest £10 per day fee.

Chargers across all categories will be doubled from August 2025 meaning some motorists will pay up to £20 to use the zone.

What streets are affected by the new changes?

Under the pilot scheme, just nine roads will have charges in Oxford city centre.

Roads affected include New Road, Bonn Square, Queen Street, Cornmarket Street, New Inn Hall Street, Shoe Lane, Market Street, Shop Street and St Michael’s Street.

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However, last week Oxford City Council confirmed plans were in place to extend the scheme over the next couple of years.

Consultation on the rule changes is set for later in 2022 with the changes implemented between 2023 and 2034.

Can I get a discount or exemption?

Those who live inside the zero-emissions zone can apply for discounts to the daily charge.

Blue badge holders, disabled tax vehicles, health workers and community transport vehicles are just a small range of motorists who can also apply for discounts.

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