Traffic levels dropped by 3% in March due to the foot and mouth disease epidemic, bringing overall traffic levels for the quarter to March 2001 down 1% on the previous year, according to government statistics. Fuel protests caused a 20% drop in September by comparison. The protest meant traffic growth has increased by 0.4% since 1999, half the projected rise. Bicycle traffic fell by 2% between 1999 and 2000 because of the wet weather. Meanwhile the government is to give £12M to local authorities to repair flood damaged roads.