On this day in auto history – April 14th

Wed 14th Apr 2021

It was on this day in 1931 that the very first Highway Code was issued in the UK by the Ministry of Transport.

Costing one penny and containing just 18 pages of ‘advice’, the booklet used a series of diagrams to provide extensive information on arm-signals interspersed with adverts for the AA, RAC as well as motoring magazines and insurance companies.

A second edition published three years later represented a significant upgrade in that it illustrated road signs for the first time and featured representation from the recently-formed ‘Pedestrians Association For Road Safety’.

Further revisions followed after the Second World War to cover new developments such as motorway driving but it wasn’t until the sixth edition in 1968 that photographs were introduced.

In 1978 the 'Green Cross Code’ for pedestrians was featured for the first time whilst more recent developments have seen the development of a Highway Code app.