The English city of Oxford is set to implement some of the strictest green rules for cars in the United Kingdom. Starting in February, drivers of nonelectric vehicles will have to pay £10 ($13.50) a day to enter a zero-emission zone in the city’s historic core.
The idea is to nudge drivers to consider buying an electric vehicle. These cars now make up a fifth of new auto sales in affluent cities like Oxford. By 2030, the British government plans to end the sale of new gas and diesel cars. Proponents say zoning cities now for low or zero emissions is a way to speed up that transition by ratcheting up the cost of owning polluting vehicles, while also encouraging more people to walk or cycle.