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Speed limits were reduced to 4 mph (6 km/h) in non-urban areas and at 2 mph (3 km/h) in cities (still no idea how they caught speeding vehicles "in the act").But the most important addition was the requirement to use at least three people to operate a vehicle: one to drive, a stoker, and one carrying a red flag (hence, the name) and a lantern.The one with the flag was used for two purposes: he slowed the vehicle down, as it was forced to drive at walking speed, and warned approaching pedestrians and horse riders of their presence (of course, you need to have been blind and deaf to miss one on the street.) In 1896, the revised Locomotives on Highways Act (or the Emancipation Act ) eliminates the need for a three man crew, increases speed limits to 14 mph (22 km/h) and, more importantly, establishes the light locomotives category or, as we know it today, the under 3 ton class.To celebrate the legislation, its creator, Harry Lawson, set up the London to Brighton Run, now the longest-running auto event in the world.FIRST TRAFFIC SIGN SYSTEMAs we said above, traffic signs, in their general meaning, have been around for millennia.True, they only came in the form of erected stone columns or road side rocks which marked various distances to important urban centers.Automated traffic lights surfaced in 1922, in Houston.
Linking traffic lights together was first done in Salt Lake City, in 1917, when traffic in six intersections was controlled by a switch.But the one which established an entire system for them was the Netherlands, responsible for the first nationwide licensing system. In the US, New York is the first to require license plates (1901), but they were not government issued, but created by the vehicles' owners.Two years later, Massachusetts issues the first US state-issued plates.One in the absence of which cars would be reduced to simple pieces of furniture, or to extravagant works of art.An aspect which does not exist in physical form, but often has more drastic consequences on the life of a person than a solid, tangible object: traffic rules.