The Road Act 1920
Have you ever driven down one of those forgotten country roads, lined with cracks, bumps and potholes? Can you imagine the time when all our roads were just mud and loose shale?
In 1919 it was evident that reform was needed, because UK roads were not fit for purpose. The Road Board, a group of local councillors appointed for each constituency, was abolished and its functions transferred to a Ministry of Transport. The tax on petrol was eliminated, but higher rates of excise duty were introduced. The UK was on the verge of creating a brand new transport system.