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Road Safety History 1938 - 1953

LEGAL HELPLINE: ☎ 0844 414 1982

Please note that we only deal with personal injury compensation claims and we do not provide advice on motoring offences.

 
DATE

DESCRIPTION OF LAW / REGULATION / EVENT ETC.

1938 Morris Series E Saloon launched. This 8hp car was the cheapest in Britain costing £128

1939

Driving tests suspended on September 2 due to the Second World War.
Road deaths totaled 8272, (probably due to the blackout).
(3 September) Petrol rationing introduced allowing about 200 miles of motoring per month for each motorist.

There are now two million cars on Britain's roads.

1940

20mph speed limit in darkness introduced to attempt to combat the high incidence of car accident insurance claim incidents.
Introduction of British Summer Time, partly due to the road death toll.
Road signs removed due to the threat of enemy invasion.

1941

RoSPA formed from the Road Board.
9169 road deaths including 4781 pedestrians. This is 38% higher than the immediate pre-war figure despite their being under half as many cars on the road.

1942

Kerb Drill launched.

1944 Volvo introduce a safety cage on volume production cars.
1945 Henry Ford resigns as president of The Ford Motor Company.

1946

Driving tests reintroduced on November 1. The incidence of car accident insurance claim cases continues to increase placing a strain on insurers.
The first British car to have a steering column gear change was the Triumph 1800.

1947

On 18 Feb. a period of one year was granted for holders of wartime provisional licences to convert to a full licence, without having to take a test.
RAC/ACU Motorcycle Training Scheme launched.

1948 Flat rate car tax set at £10 per car.
1950 Seatbelts fitted for first time to Nash Rambler, intended to prevent sleeping passengers from falling out of their seats.
Wartime petrol rationing came to an end.

1951

Zebra Crossings introduced. The first one was installed in Slough.

1953

Radial Ply tyres introduced.

LEGAL HELPLINE: ☎ 0844 414 1982

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