On this day in auto history – March 28th

Sun 28th Mar 2021

It was on was this day that the ground-breaking Road Traffic Act of 1934 was published, containing a comprehensive programme of measures to improve road safety which have endured to this day.

The Bill reversed much of the legislation introduced in the controversial 1930 Road Traffic Act, not least the reintroduction of a 30mph speed limit in built-up areas (which had been abolished altogether with disastrous consequences).

Also introduced during the 1934 Act was a compulsory driving test for all new drivers, whilst driving insurance legislation was significantly tightened.

Another product of the 1934 Road Traffic Act was the iconic Belisha Beacon, marking pedestrian crossings. The Act ordered that they be rolled out nationally after a successful trial period in London.