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It only stated that the vehicles' weight should be at most 12 tons and imposed a 10 mph (16km/h) speed limit. In 1865, the act is revised and turned into the Locomotive Act (aka Red Flag Act).
It required that a motorized vehicle, regardless of its purpose, be preceded by a man carrying a red flag when traveling on the highway (Brits use the highway term for any type of road, including streets and public footpaths).
The provisions of the legislation seem somewhat hilarious now and, even some lost their significance over time.
Some, however, have formed the basis for today's traffic legislation.
Often annoying, seemingly pointless, traffic rules have been the automobile's silent companion for the better part of its existence.
We will not give you here a stiff, to the point presentation of what traffic rules are today, or in your country, or whatever.
FIRST TRAFFIC SIGN SYSTEMAs we said above, traffic signs, in their general meaning, have been around for millennia.
True, they only came in the form of erected stone columns or road side rocks which marked various distances to important urban centers.
Unfortunately, there was no exam to take and the license was obtained just by paying five shillings and completing a form...
Speed limits were reduced to 4 mph (6 km/h) in non-urban areas and at 2 mph (3 km/h) in cities (still no idea how they caught speeding vehicles "in the act").
But the most important addition was the requirement to use at least three people to operate a vehicle: one to drive, a stoker, and one carrying a red flag (hence, the name) and a lantern.
The one with the flag was used for two purposes: he slowed the vehicle down, as it was forced to drive at walking speed, and warned approaching pedestrians and horse riders of their presence (of course, you need to have been blind and deaf to miss one on the street.) In 1896, the revised Locomotives on Highways Act (or the Emancipation Act ) eliminates the need for a three man crew, increases speed limits to 14 mph (22 km/h) and, more importantly, establishes the light locomotives category or, as we know it today, the under 3 ton class.
To celebrate the legislation, its creator, Harry Lawson, set up the London to Brighton Run, now the longest-running auto event in the world.
FIRST TRAFIC LIGHTSPrior to the introduction of the mandatory, get it yourself driver's license, the Brits introduced the first traffic lights.