Well, that was unexpected. Oxford is banning (non-hydrogen) combustion engines from 2020. Whilst a lot of us may care little about it, those who cant afford to switch to electric or hydrogen will be left in the dark (if we live / study in oxford.
Personally I think it is a bold decision which merits long term benefit albeit with a worrying short term loss. It also makes me think about those who HP / PCP their cars. IMO car companies should consider introducing more electric cars to these schemes (minus tesla) and companies should invest more in hydrogen fuel research as, whilst beneifical in terms of weight, emissions, etc - it only yields 60% the power of a petrol combustion engine with a similar volume of fuel (or to put it into context, you require 5/3 times the volume to produce the same power).
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- 13-10-2017 17:12
- 13-10-2017 17:20
Isn't it just a consultation at this stage?
- 13-10-2017 18:38
The key problem is that it is very anti-car but if you know Oxford, the major producers of NOx are buses (79% of all NOx in most of the city centre). Although Oxford has separately had a green bus strategy, that strategy doesn't address the London bound coaches along the High nor tourist coaches.
I don't think this policy will be approved because it bullies car owners (including taxis) whilst being very soft on buses.
My view is they will have to do park and ride for tour buses and the idea that coaches start at Gloucester Green and crawl up Headington Hill having sat with their engines running at Queen's Lane is a non-starter if they wish to improve air quality.
I think the Tube and X90 will have to leave either by Botley Road or North Oxford and either Headington gets a separate London service or (more probably) a green feeder service to Thornhill.
- 13-10-2017 19:41
If you ban the majority of vehicles, the roads will be freer for public transport and bikes. I don't buy the argument that the poor won't becable to get about. The reality is that those with cars who can't afford electric will be forced to do something different. Those people are far from poor.