Petrol and diesel cars will be banned from Oxford City Centre from 2020.
Only electric cars will be allowed in what is being called the world’s first Zero Emissions Zone.
The new zone will not only see petrol and diesel cars banned but also buses and taxis.
From 2020 just six central streets will have restricted access to non-zero emissions cars but this will expand to the entire city centre between 2025 and 2030.
In 2035 HGV lorries will also be banned from the zone, making it the first truly Zero Emissions Zone.
Experts claim that the plan is being introduced could reduce the dangerous levels of harmful nitrogen dioxide (NO2) present in the city centre by up to 70 per cent.
Oxford City Council environment chief John Tanner said the move is 'urgently needed'.
It will, however, impact bus operators, taxi firms, haulage companies and councils costing them an estimated £14million.
Oxford Bus Company, Stagecoach, all taxi firms, other businesses, Oxford City Council and Oxfordshire County Council will have to spend an estimated £7m replacing petrol and diesel vehicles with electric or hybrid.
There may well be a case to rethink the target date for the inception of a Zero Emissions Zone (ZEZ)