The Government has announced that there will soon be legal restrictions against the use of off-road vehicles like motorbikes, 4x4s and quad bikes to protect rights of way. Last year Jeremy Clarkson caused a rumpus when he drove a 4x4 up Ben Tongue in Sutherland in a new Land Rover Discovery for the BBC2 show Top Gear, reportedly churning up fragile peat bogs and heather as he went (report here). This new initiative, announced by Alun Michael, should go some way to protecting remote areas from irresponsible use. A total ban on off-road vehicles is not practical since many are used by farmers.
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