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History of Britain's Red Flag Act

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11.2 Britain's Red Flag Act

    • In 1865 Britain introduced the 'Locomotives on Highways Act'. Better known as the 'Red Flag Act'.
    • The act stipulated that all mechanically powered road vehicles must:
      • Have three drivers.
      • Not exceed 4 mph (6.4 kph) on the open road and 2 mph (3.2 kph) in towns.
      • Be preceded by a man on foot waving a red flag to warn the public.
    • In 1896 the act was withdrawn and the speed limit increased to l4 mph (22 kph).
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