Emergency services WILL NOT be charged to enter the zero emission zone

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Emergency services WILL NOT be charged for entering the zero emission zone. Photo: Ed Nix/Oxford Mail Archive

Emergency services will not be charged to enter Oxford’s zero emissions zone, a county councilor has said.

The Zero Emission Zone (ZEZ), which aims to reduce carbon emissions, currently covers a number of city center streets and charges drivers up to £10 a day.

Conservative Councilor Kieron Mallon asked Lib Dem Councilor Neil Fawcett whether fire and rescue personnel had been “fully consulted” before the ZEZ program was implemented and “informed of the financial impact”.

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Mr Fawcett, cabinet member for community services and security, said senior officers had been consulted and further work was being done to ensure staff were not ‘disadvantaged serving at the fire station essential center of the city”.

At the full Oxfordshire County Council meeting on Tuesday, Mr Mallon followed up with a supplementary question.

He asked if carers and caregivers who pass through the area will be rewarded by the council.

Mr Fawcett said he believed care staff were consulted, although that was not part of his portfolio.

He added: “At a recent meeting I made it very clear that no fire and rescue service personnel should pay a cost for having to do their job if they try to surrender. quickly to an emergency.

“We need to make sure that any program doesn’t impede the service’s ability to do its job.”

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