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Britain mulls restrictions on vehicles as extreme weather impact remains unsettled

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Unseasonably warm temperatures over the weekend had many people heading outside to take a walk, pitch a tent and kick back at the end of a long and cold autumn. But this summer’s wild weather, which saw many areas flood after being parched by drought in the spring, is set to worsen, as well as hinder outdoor activities.

The British Government is reportedly mulling over the plans to restrict certain types of vehicles in some areas in a bid to reduce the amount of clogged up roads, as well as increase awareness for those who may have to withstand heavy rain and strong winds for weeks on end, according to an article from the Daily Telegraph.

“People will want to do something to protect their home but drivers will see no point in driving against the flow of traffic,” a government source told the Telegraph. “But they will still have to drive, so if you have to drive, you might want to stay in your car.”

The newspaper reported that work is already underway to allow drivers to access bridges at this height and that the plans would “benefit the whole country.”

The Telegraph reported that there had been no formal announcements as of Tuesday. Earlier this year, there was concern that Brexit could mean relaxed vehicular restrictions, as many of the U.K.’s roads are in working order and not usually use to carry heavy vehicles. There were also less restrictions on road use in the 1980s, when the country was also experiencing heavy summer rains.

In 2018, the U.K. government stopped requiring driver licenses or proof of insurance from drivers under 30, in a bid to help reduce congestion.

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