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The Complete United Kingdom Driving and Rental Guide

Consisting of England, Wales, Scotland and North Ireland, the United Kingdom is renowned for its beautiful natural sceneries and a wide mix of architectures, making it an attractive destination country to discover by car. Here are a few basic driving instructions and tips to help you serenely prepare your journey.

  • Speed Limit and Traffic Signs
  • Seatbelt and Child Safety
  • Parking, Fuel and Toll
  • Traffic Violation
  • Driving Licence and Age Requirements

Speed Limit and Traffic Signs

In the United Kingdom, driving is on the left-hand side of the road and overtaking is on the right. Mobile phones cannot be used to call or text while driving. On Roundabouts, drivers on the right have right of way. 

Drivers should remain alert on countryside’s roads, as farm animals and agricultural vehicles can turn out to be difficult obstacles to pass. 

Speed Limit

There are speed limits of 30 mph(48 km/h) on urban areas, 60 mph(96 km/h) in rural areas and 70 mph(112 km/h) in motorways unless signs say otherwise. 

Traffic Signs

Traffic signs used in the UK include signs giving orders, warning and indicating direction or information. Here are some frequently used signs in the UK. 


Regulatory signs feature a circular shape with some exceptions. 

UK Traffic Sign Give Priority to Vehicles from Opposite DirectionGive Priority to Vehicles from Opposite DirectionUK Traffic Sign Give Way to Traffic on Major RoadGive Way to Traffic on major roadUK Traffic Sign No Vehicles Except Bicycles Being PushedNo Vehicles Except Bicycles Being Pushed UK Traffic Sign No OvertakingNo OvertakingUK Traffic Sign No WaitingNo Waiting

UK Traffic Sign No StoppingNo Stopping
(Clearway)

Warning signs are mostly triangular with a red border.

UK Traffic Sign RoundaboutRoundaboutUK Traffic Sign Uneven RoadUneven RoadUK Traffic Sign Two-way Traffic on Route Crossing AheadTwo-way Traffic on Route Crossing AheadUK Traffic Sign Wild AnimalsWild AnimalsUK Traffic Sign Level Crossing WIth Barrier or Gate AheadLevel Crossing WIth Barrier or Gate AheadUK Traffic Sign Level Crossing Without Barrier or Gate AheadLevel Crossing Without Barrier or Gate AheadUK Traffic Sign Level Crossing Without BarrierLevel Crossing Without Barrier

Information signs in the UK are rectangular with various colour backgrounds.

UK Traffic Sign Primary Route Forming Part of a Ring RoadPrimary Route Forming Part of a Ring Road

UK Traffic Sign Entrance to Congestion Charging ZoneEntrance to Congestion Charging ZoneUK Traffic Sign Hospital Ahead with Accident and Emergency FacilitiesHospital Ahead with Accident and Emergency FacilitiesUK Traffic Sign Tourist Information PointTourist Information Point

Click here for a complete road signs guide in the United Kingdom.

*Please be aware that rules are subject to change. QEEQ.COM will try the best to maintain the accuracy of this information.

Seatbelt and Child Safety

Seatbelt Laws

All passengers over 12 or 13 years, or over 135cm tall must wear a seat belt at all times. Failure to do so could result in a fine up to £500.

Booster Seat Laws

Children until the age of 12th or the height of 135cm should be placed in an appropriate seat for their height and weight.

*Please be aware that rules are subject to change. QEEQ.COM will try the best to maintain the accuracy of this information.

Parking, Fuel and Toll

Parking

· Forbidden Parking


Finding parking space in town and city centres can prove difficult, especially in the centre of London. Parking your car in the following spots is strictly forbidden and could result in a fine:


- Beyond the time restriction marked on poles, lampposts or even screwed onto adjacent walls of buildings with a single, continuous yellow line along the kerb


- With double, continuous yellow lines along the kerb, which indicates no parking at any time

United Kingdom Double and Continuous Yellow Lines(Image from alphamarkingservices.co.uk)


· Paid Parking


White marked bays with white markings indicate a metered street parking. These are generally "pay-and-display" parking for which a ticket needs to be purchased from an adjacent machine, and displayed on the car’s windshield or dashboard. 


Be careful to check the "controlled hours" which are marked on the payment machines and on adjacent signs (again, usually on lamp posts and on walls). Parking outside the controlled hours is free.

United Kingdom Paid Parking Signs

(Image from eppingforestdc.gov.uk)


When finding a parking spot, we strongly suggest you not to let the absence of yellow lines lull you into a false sense of security, and always look for parking signs or meter machines.

Fuel Prices

The average value for the United Kingdom gasoline price during the period from August to November 2017 was 1.21£ per litre, while diesel is 3 cents higher.

Toll

Currently, there is a single major road - the M6 Toll - and a small number of bridges and tunnels where tolls are collected. Each toll road and bridge in the United Kingdom has its own fee, varying and depending on the type of vehicle you are driving. Fees are collected at toll gates and can be paid in cash or by credit card or by fuel equipment for automatic toll payment.

United Kingdom Toll Road(Image from alamy.com) 


Some car hire companies will debit your credit card in order to pay the tolls on your behalf if you missed paying one (depending on different car hire companies). If you have any questions concerning toll fee billing, feel free to contact QEEQ' 24/7 customer service team for help.


Additional Tips

In London, the Congestion Charge is a £11.50 daily charge for driving a vehicle within the charging zone between 07:00 and 18:00, Monday to Friday. Usually, the congestion charge will be collected and informed by the car hire company at the rental desk. 

*Please be aware that rules are subject to change. QEEQ.COM will try the best to maintain the accuracy of this information.

Traffic Violation

DUI Laws

Except for Scotland – whose limit is set at 0.05%, other locations within the UK have a legal blood alcohol concentration limit of 0.08% per driver. Driving over the alcohol limit can result in a penalty up to six months of imprisonment, a fine of up to £5,000 and a minimum of twelve months' disqualification. 

Traffic Fines

The minimum speeding fine for an infringement is £100. A notice will be sent to the car’s registered keeper by the enforcement authority. In a renter’s case, the notice will be sent to the car hire company and passed on to the renter. 


Parking tickets usually need to be paid within 28 days. In some cases, the fine is reduced by 50% if the payment is made within 14 days. Failure to pay the parking tickets within the given period will result in the penalty notice being passed onto the car hire company.


In some cases, the car hire company will debit your credit card for the penalty fee and add an administration charge. It is advisable for you to contact QEEQ’ customer service team if you believe you have been charged incorrectly. 

*Please be aware that rules are subject to change. QEEQ.COM will try the best to maintain the accuracy of this information.

Driving Licence and Age Requirements

All drivers must be in possession of a full driver's licence, many car hire companies may require driver's licence held for at least 2 years. The minimum age generally to rent a vehicle in the UK is 21 years old. But the age restrictions may vary by different car categories. 

*Please be aware that rules are subject to change. QEEQ.COM will try the best to maintain the accuracy of this information.

Guest reviews

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J.S

September 21, 2021

Destination: Glasgow

6.7Appalling customer service from Easirent.

I have never left a review before (good or bad) but my experience with Easirent was so bad I had to. After experiencing an issue with my credit card I was forced to pay for added insurance that I didn't want, with no help or flexibility or suggestions from the counter staff at all, who was visibly delighted to be taking an extra £120 for a service I didn't need or want (despite me offering to pay the full £1600 deposit instead). Later, when trying to contact Easirent to confirm drop off / shuttle arrangements (on a Friday morning) no one answered any of the phone lines, despite multiple attempts throughout the day. On arriving at drop-off, we were told 'the driver hasn't turned up today, so you'll have to get yourself to the airport' - no hint of paying for the taxi, or even calling a taxi on our behalf. Genuinely the worst customer service of any kind I have ever received. I hope my experience was a one-off, but I somehow doubt it.

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Nic

September 19, 2021

Destination: London

9.3Money saving, good quality

Good car snd experience

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A.Watt

August 28, 2021

Destination: Manchester

9.3Smooth experience

I was given a complimentary upgrade but was charged £2.75 extra when I dropped off the car, which was puzzling as the staff member said it was the difference between the car I ordered and the car I was given. It wasn’t worth quibbling such a small amount but should not have been the case. There was something wrong with the car’s steering, which I reported on returning the car. It veered to the right at speed and when accelerating. Not safe.

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J.Ignatiuk

August 23, 2021

Destination: Edinburgh

9Excellent

Ordered Focus get Hunday . It's similar but worst car.

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V.Flann

August 7, 2021

Destination: London

8.3The only issue I had was the car smelt of cigarette smoke which was not pleasant.

Service was quick and efficient.

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July 13, 2021

Destination: Bristol

10Excellent

I was upgraded to a medium-sized car because the car I'd booked needed extra cleaning. They were great about explaining the car's controls and how to return the car out of hours. No pressure to pay for extra insurance or anything like that either.

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June 30, 2021

Destination: Edinburgh

10Superb! Since my first booking I recommending this website to all my friends and family!

the staff was amazing. I did not have to wait at all. the car was impecable and they were very helpful over the phone when I needed to extent an extra day. super recommended!

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June 22, 2021

Destination: Plymouth

9.7straightforward booking with easy pick up and drop off

requested a small 4 door car with air conditioning received 2 door with no ac!

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Nat

June 1, 2021

Destination: Grays

8.3Excellent experience. I'll definitely hire a vehicle again.

Excellent fully loaded Corsa! Totally exceeded my expectations.

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Y.Mand

May 28, 2021

Destination: London

9.7Nice experience

Very helpful

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Y.Mand

May 28, 2021

Destination: London

9.3Although started with a delay, but very helpful customer support from Qeeq and Europcar.

Exceeded expectations and resolved all of the issues which were outside of their control

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D.Finch

April 27, 2021

Destination: Birmingham

10Excellent

Excellent staff, really friendly and the car was almost new and had a great sat nav system as standard. Great experience.

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LS

March 13, 2021

Destination: Aberdeen

10Cheap, efficient and helpful service at budget aberdeen

Budget were great - staff very professional and helpful

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J.McKerron

January 20, 2021

Destination: Birmingham

10Quick and Easy

Easy pick up, they helped with my driver code from the DVLA which led to the delay.

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R.Garcia

December 11, 2020

Destination: London

5.7Qeeq is great. Green motion could work on customer service.

The counter staff was less that polite, he rushed us and basically kicked us out of the office during the pick up. We were sent to the parking garage to find the car by ourselves and no one to check on the conditions of the car upon pick up.

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KasiaB

November 29, 2020

Destination: London

10Fast&safe

I’m pretty sure I’ll use this company!

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Alvaras

November 13, 2020

Destination: London

10All good. Happy

Quick pick up and drop off. Cheap rental price and noce car. Only one negative thing car tank was not full I have to go straight to petrol station. And it is not first time

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October 9, 2020

Destination: Belfast

10no problems

v good

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J.Coomber

October 9, 2020

Destination: London

9.7Really easy start to my weekend away.

They are always quick to help and not eager to rip you off. Just make sure you read the small print and you'll be fine. Theres a good team there.

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R.Wailes

October 8, 2020

Destination: Shetland Islands

10Could not be faulted - fantastic service

Fantastic immaculate car - well prepared. No problems and will use again!

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R.Scott

October 8, 2020

Destination: Glasgow

10Easy reasonable on airport car hire through trusted App

Great service in the Airport at a reasonable cost through the App.

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September 14, 2020

Destination: London

8.3Okay minus pickup delay

Staff arrived to work 15 minutes after the desk opening times. All other rental desks were operational from 8AM except Budget who started at 9 (well 9:15). That was very annoying!

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September 2, 2020

Destination: Glasgow

6.7Bad experience of counter service

Car conditions were good. However, service of the counter staff was beyond satisfactory. There was only one staff at the counter. He was working on another customer ahead of us but was too slow. My family was were forced to wait more than 30 minutes outside in rain. After 30 minute waiting I was told to show UK driver’s license and passport, which was ok. However, I was also told to provide the National Insurance number of the UK, which I had never been told to provide in advance as necessary documents. For foreign residents in the UK like me as expats, had never been aware of such number. I was struggling to get the number on line from the government website but couldn’t get it after all. It took another 30 minutes and he finally managed somehow without the number. I was so anxious about not to be able to rent car without the number whereas he was trying to manage situation. I often rent car in other EU countries but never had such bad treatment and long waiting before. It really annoyed me at the beginning of our holiday.

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A.Yildiz

August 25, 2020

Destination: Glasgow

950 minutes late!

I am disappointed with Alamo's counter staff. Even our pick up time was 09:00, we arrived at the counter at 08:30 and we could pick up our car at 09:50! If I would drop off the car 50 minutes late, most probably I would have to pay for additional time. It was pleasure travel and time was important. I will never rent a car from Alamo!

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Marcelo Gazzola Ribe

August 21, 2020

Destination: Manchester

10I recommend it!

Nice company, with a lot of deals and special prices! Very easy process to book a car!

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August 19, 2020

Destination: Inverness

8.3Delayed pick up but all worked out in the end

The car was just right for us. It had been cleaned thoroughly before we picked it up and it was exactly what we needed. Unfortunately there had been a problem at pickup, where we were told that they didn’t have any more automatic vehicles left at all. It was a bit stressful as I don’t drive manual, but eventually they sorted it out and we got the car that we had booked.

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M.Vardalia

August 17, 2020

Destination: London

8Customer service and location was great!

I booked a small premium, they had no Options only I’ve car in a class above that had scratched and wasn’t in good condition! Usually Alamo are good but this time let me down abit.

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J.McDougall

August 17, 2020

Destination: London

10Painless process through QEEQ and AVIS; very satisfied.

Great staff and very little time needed to sort out - got a bigger car than booked (for no extra cost) which was also very fantastic. Would highly recommend.

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A.Johnston

August 16, 2020

Destination: Edinburgh

10Excellent service

Staff were great. Car was in great condition.

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J.Appleby

August 14, 2020

Destination: Newcastle Upon Tyne

9.7Excellent deal, Very good vehicle, poor follow up communications (AVIS).

Vehicle was very good. Communications with AVIS was very difficult (following picking up car). I wished to extend the period of hire with AVIS but this proved impossible as I was unable to contact the Newcastle airport branch via the telephone.

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M.Tobias-Gibbiins

August 13, 2020

Destination: London

9Excellent

We had the inconvenience of having to buy AdBlue at a cost of £11 we forgot to ask for a refund when dropping off the vehicle .

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L.Jasenaite

August 13, 2020

Destination: Peterborough

10Excellent

Great car and quick service. Thanks.

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D.MILLS

August 12, 2020

Destination: Newcastle Upon Tyne

10Great Value!

As always, the staff at BUDGET NCL Airport so pleasant and friendly. Cannot fault their customer service.

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G.Willans

August 11, 2020

Destination: Inverness

9.7Surprisingly good

All good - service from AVIS on drop off and pick up, however impossible to contact desk by phone at another time when needed!

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n.powell

August 11, 2020

Destination: London

6Typical money grabbing service, overpriced for what you get, and not what you book.

I was given a golf instead of a suv- counter staff told me this was better but I couldn’t fit my suitcases in, and wanted an suv. They said they didn’t have any, then gave the lady behind me in the queue the car I had booked (mokka). A golf was equivalent size to a fiesta and I could’ve paid a lot less to hire an economy car. Really bad service.

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M.Abdulahi

August 10, 2020

Destination: London

10Excellent experience

All round a smooth process

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j.hughes

August 10, 2020

Destination: Newcastle Upon Tyne

8.7Budget was 'OK' Location ok as long as it's not raining as it's a 5 min walk, car smelled of smoke.

Budget was fine, the only issue I had with Budget was the car completely smelled of smoke for the entire time I had it, if it wasn't for the fact it was all they had in my category I would have changed it.

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August 10, 2020

Destination: London

7Good

Terrible experience with Europcar. Bad communication on return location and issue with faulty car which has still not been resolved. After returingn the car to the correct location I was sent threatening letters over a 48hr period because they had not checked the location and were accusing me of not returning the car.

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H.Deyanov

August 10, 2020

Destination: Southampton

10Excellent

Easy pick up and drop off. Wonderful car quality. Everything was super easy!!!

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Peter P.

August 8, 2020

Destination: Bristol

9.3Hassle-free & above expectations

It seemed a bigger, better car than I expected. Excellent value, especially as it was a one-way rental. The pick up agent didn't try to upsell me on anything, which was refreshingly unusual.

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K.TOUTOUZIS

August 5, 2020

Destination: Birmingham

8Fine

No one answered neither on the phones nor in the mail when I had to extend the reservation.

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I.Parkin

August 1, 2020

Destination: Belfast

9.3Smooth and Effortless

Brilliant service, always clean and new cars

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P.Tuliszka

July 25, 2020

Destination: London

9.7Good as always

Gr8 job

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E.Smalley

July 2, 2020

Destination: Nottingham

10Have a great day! drive an avis car away.

Excellent service very friendly

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Dawei888

July 1, 2020

Destination: Newcastle Upon Tyne

10Smooth process from start to finish; completely hassle free, just as it should be!

Staff at Budger were superb. Friendly and efficient and every understanding even though I was 2 hours late to collect me car.

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June 15, 2020

Destination: London

2Terrible stay away from easirent rental

The most terrible company you can ever hire from! Avoid at all cost. They lure you in with their cheap price but then they had you pay! After 2 months from hiring this car they took £1042 from my bank account. When I called they said that it is because I broke the clutch!!! It is worth mentioning that they drove the car after I returned and before the mechanic repaired it for 92 miles! And they wanted me to pay for the broken clutch

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Dawei888

June 11, 2020

Destination: Newcastle Upon Tyne

10Quick, painless and great value!

Quickly and efficiently dealt with both when collecting the car and when returning it.

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Miguel Ramos

June 4, 2020

Destination: London

8Efficient and trouble-free rental car experience, to move all my stuff from property to property

As long as you have your annual insurance and act nicely with staff, you'll be fine. They only attack rude conscious-less tourists!

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D.MILLS

June 3, 2020

Destination: Newcastle Upon Tyne

10Smooth as silk!

The guy who dealt with me when i went to collect the vehicle was friendly, efficient and courteous.

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Alvaras

May 22, 2020

Destination: London

10Perfect.

They gave me really nice new car. Staff was friendly. Very quick drop off check.

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Frequently asked questions

Q1.What is an insurance excess?

The excess is the amount you'll only be liable for in case of damage(under Collision Damage Waiver) or theft(under Theft Protection) of the vehicle.
Information about the excess will be clearly stated in the price inclusion when you reserve a car on QEEQ.

Q2. How can I add an addtional driver?

You are advised to make a request upon your arrival at the rental counter. Additional charge per day will incur unless '1 Additional Driver Included' is stipulated on the rental.
Please note that the same licence and age requirement applys to the additonal driver. The addtional driver is supposed to present the required licence document along with the main driver at pickup.

Q3.What if I want to pick up or drop off my rental car out of office hours?

QEEQ will show you the car offers available at your chosen time on the search results.
However, pick-up or drop-off out of general opening hours may subject to an extra fee unless self-service pick-up or drop-off is available.
After you reserve a car on QEEQ, we will inform you of specific policy of the car hire company by email.

Q4. Can I take the hired car to another country or cross border?

If you want to pick up your car in one country and drop it in another, your search results will show you cars you can do that with.
If you're planning to cross any borders during your trip, bear in mind:
1. You may have to pay more.
There are often extra fees, taxes or additional cover you'll pay at the car hire counter.
2.It may not be allowed.
Depending on where you're hiring, you may not be able to take your car to another country.
Please email us if you want to take your hire car into a different country during your trip, and we'll talk you through your options.

Q5. Can I pick up my car at one location and return it at different location?

Yes. You can pick up the vehicle in one place and drop it off in another. An ‘one-way fee’ will incur. Whether it is inclued in the rental price or what additional cost may arise will be clearly stated at the time of booking on QEEQ.
Please inform the car hire company of your drop-off location when you pick up the vehicle or contact them directly during your trip. You will find a phone number on the rental agreement you signed at pickup.

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