The Locomotive and Highways Act 1896 started the creation of a string of rules and laws we still follow today when using UK roads.

The Locomotive and Highways Act 1896

Locomotive and Highways Act 1896

Can you hear that?
That’s the sound of multiple engines revving up and down the country, getting ready to power away. Just like the Locomotive and Highways Act 1896 was responsible for kick starting the process that led to many of the rules of the road we still abide by today.

Motor vehicles less than 3 tons were no longer weighed down by restrictive measures. The new speed limit was set at 14MPH and a wave of encouragement washed over a nation of automobile lovers. Lights became compulsory along with “an instrument capable of giving audible and sufficient warning” to people. Heavy locomotives had to be licenced and all drivers had to stop at the request of a police constable or person “in charge of a restive horse”.

The infamous London to Brighton run

To celebrate the lifting of restrictions, the newly formed British Motor Car club staged an informal drive from London to Brighton. Fifty eight vehicles entered, thirty five started, and twenty five arrived safely in Brighton.

Before the start, the Earl of Wincilsea and Earl of Nottingham solemnly tore up a symbolic red flag, an act which is still commemorated every November.

Leon Bollee 2 seater tricycle

The infamous London to Brighton Run originally known as The Emancipation Run, is governed by the Royal Automobile Club and is the longest running motor event in recorded history.

It has also featured the Duryea, built by the Duryea Motor Wagon Company and the first American Car to feature in Europe.

Debate for number plate regulation

Skip forward 122 years and after a lot of tea consumption, biscuit dipping and debating, a verdict recently passed allowing coach lines to stay on number plates. Which is good for you suppliers because you can now up-sell number plates with coloured coach lines and side badges.

Good news indeed if you’re using our Trade Number Plate Printing Solution.