The Road Traffic Act 1930 abolished the 20mph speed limit and set a variety of limits for different classes of vehicle. No limit was set for vehicles carrying less than 7 persons. New requirements were introduced for all licences and a special system was created for public service vehicles.
In 1926 Road Accident Great Britain was created to record and monitor national casualties (1930 – 7305 fatalities). Due to the number of deaths controlling traffic became a top priority, In 1932 it was suggested that speedometers should become compulsory.
The government didn’t remove speed limits because of a disregard for safety but because so many people simply disobeyed the rules.
This act repealed the Locomotive and Motor Car Acts respectively. Driving offences were introduced and drivers could now be charged for dangerous, reckless or careless driving and even for driving under the influence of drink or drugs.
Third-party insurance was compulsory, the first UK driving tests were for disabled drivers only and the first issue of the Highway Code became available for a penny.