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This is a very rare document from 1896. At the time the term automobile had not been coined, you will notice they refer to them as Locomotives.
This document is extraordinarily significant to motoring in Britain. It freed British motorists from having to have a man walking in front to warn of their approach (the Red Flag Man), upped the speed limit from 4 mph to 14 mph – but local councils mostly instantly reduced it to 12 mph – and was the reason why Harry Lawson’s Motor Car Club organised the Emancipation Day run to Brighton when the Act came into force on 14 November 1896. Which is why we’ve been celebrating the freedom of the roads with the Brighton Run in November since 1927.
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