Item BCA - 2018.1434 - The Highway Code published by the Minister of Transport 1946

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BCA - 2018.1434


The Highway Code published by the Minister of Transport 1946


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pdf of 18 pages

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On one level, this Highway Code booklet published in 1946 by the Minister of Transport with the authority of Parliament for the guidance and safety of all road users is amusing when viewed in the context of road users today, but on another level, it was very necessary in its day. There were many drivers who had never taken a driving test or had any instruction from anyone other than a friend or relative. It covers areas for all road users including pedestrians telling them how to cross the road. It talks about overtaking, pedestrian crossings, filtering, lights, stationary vehicles, projecting loads, turn or reversing, speed limit, night driving, vehicle condition. Doors, direction indicators, mirrors, in convoy, headlights, cycle tracks, vehicle condition. A section for people with horses both riding and leading. An appendix with diagrams of a policeman giving signals and what they mean, signals to be given by drivers and cyclists, signals to other road users by drivers and horse-drawn carriage drivers. Signals by car drivers to constables. Traffic signs and signals (all 11 of them), traffic light signals. The Law’s demands to drivers of all motor vehicles before driving and when driving, when you stop, if you are involved in an accident. A section for motor cyclists, drivers of horse-drawn vehicles and pedal cyclists, pedestrians, pedestrian crossings. Hints on driving; hints on cycling including listing areas of bicycle that may not be in good condition and finally, a section telling you what proper brakes can do on a good, dry, level surface.

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