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Britain's Conservative government on Friday announced new plans to "support drivers" and push back on "anti-car measures" as some opposition-led areas move to impose restrictions on the use of motor vehicles in the name of environmental protection.

"The clamp down on drivers is an attack on the day to day lives of most people across the UK who rely on cars to get to work or see their families," Prime Minister Rishi Sunak said in a statement announcing the new plans.

"This week the UK government will set out a long-term plan to back drivers, slamming the brakes on anti-car measures across England. We are taking the necessary decision to back the motorists who keep our country moving."

Among the measures announced Friday -- two days ahead of the annual Conservative Party conference — were plans to review guidance on 20-mile-per-hour (32kph) speed limits and "prevent their blanket use in areas where it's not appropriate", according to the statement.

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