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Oxford zero emissions zone pilot confirmed for August 2021

A pilot scheme creating a zero emissions zone in Oxford City Centre is now set for August 2021, having been delayed from an original proposal to start at the beginning of 2021 due to Covid.

The scheme, which is subject to a formal  consultation running until 17 January 2021 (and can be found here), will see only zero emission vehicles able to drive in the zone for free, with other vehicles charged between £2-£10 per day between 7am-7pm, with the fee doubling in August 2025.

According to the City Council, the ZEZ is designed to “reduce traffic volumes, encourage the take-up of zero emission vehicles and lead to other positive behavioural changes”.

One change in latest Advisory Fuel Rates

The new Advisory Fuel Rates have been announced by HMRC, and show a single change compared to those running for the previous three months.

Valid from 1 December 2020, the only alteration is a 1p per mile reduction in the rate for petrol cars of 1401-2000cc, which drops to 11p per mile. All others rates for reimbursing business travel in company cars, or the rate at which employees repay private mileage using company fuel, stay the same.

The latest rates can be found at

Alphabet GB appoints new COO

Sacha Imamkhan Alphabet Gb 2020Leasing and mobility firm Alphabet has appointed a new UK chief operating officer, with Sacha Imamkhan moving from a role heading a project across Alphabet and BMW Financial Services, where she had been from 11 months. Before that she has worked for Alphabet GB as head of remarketing, and for the international Alphabet operation as project manager, new markets, and has been with Alphabet for more than eight years.

“I am delighted to be stepping into the role of COO taking Alphabet’s operations to new heights, building on the great progress that the team has already made,” she said.