Road Traffic Act 1930

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Road Traffic Act 1930
Act of Parliament
Introduced byHerbert Morrison (Commons)
Other legislation

The Road Traffic Act 1930 was an Act of the Parliament of the United Kingdom introduced by the Minister of Transport Herbert Morrison.


The last major legislation on road traffic was the Motor Car Act 1903. Amendments had been discussed in 1905,[1] 1911, 1913[2] and 1914[3] as the Motor Car Act (1903) Amendment Bill and Motor Car Act (1903) Amendment (No 2) Bill.[4] Since 1926 in which there were 4,886 fatalities in some 124,000 crashes a detailed set of national statistics (now known as Road Casualties Great Britain) had been collected.[5] It was not until 1929 that a new Road Traffic Bill was discussed in detail following a Royal Commission report on Transport, "The control of traffic on roads,"[6] which was adopted almost in its entirety.[7] During a parliamentary debate on making speedometers compulsory in 1932 it was suggested that speed limits for cars were removed by this Act because "the existing speed limit was so universally disobeyed that its maintenance brought the law into contempt" rather that for considerations of safety.[8]


The Act repealed the Locomotives Act 1865, the Locomotives on Highways Act 1896 and the Motor Car Act 1903 and introduced many new regulations which controversially included the removal of all speed limits on UK roads for motor cars.

Relating to motor cars[edit]

For public service vehicles[edit]

It was amended in 1988[13] and at other times.

Third Parties (Rights against Insurers) Act 1930[edit]

The Road Traffic Act 1930 was strengthened by the Third Parties (Rights against Insurers) Act 1930.[14]


Many clauses introduced by the Act have been retained. Regulations relating to insurance, licensing and driving offences have continued to evolve since that date.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "MOTOR CAR ACT (1903) AMENDMENT BILL". Hansard.
  2. ^ "MOTOR CAR ACT (1903) AMENDMENT BILL". Hansard.
  3. ^ "MOTOR CAR ACT (1903) AMENDMENT (No. 2) BILL". Hansard.
  4. ^ "Motor Car Act 1903". Hansard. Retrieved 16 April 2010.
  5. ^ "Road Casualties Great Britain: 2006 - Annual Report" (PDF). Department for Transport. p. 92. Archived from the original (PDF) on 9 February 2010. Retrieved 9 January 2010. Road accident and casualty data was first collected on a national level in 1926. That year there were 4,886 recorded deaths in some 124,000 accidents."
  6. ^ "ROAD TRAFFIC BILL". Hansard. 16 July 1929. Retrieved 17 April 2010.
  7. ^ "Road Traffic and Safety Correspondence and Papers". National Archives. The Royal Commission on Transport issued in 1929 a report entitled "The Control of Traffic on Roads" which was adopted almost in its entirety and as a result the Road Traffic Act 1930 was enacted which among other provisions gave the Minister power to make Regulations about the construction and use of mechanically propelled vehicles and provided for the installation of traffic signs and signals by highway authorities subject to the approval of the Minister.
  8. ^ "Motor Vehicles and Speedmeters". Hansard. Retrieved 2 May 2010. It is sufficient to say that the reason why the speed limit was abolished was not that anybody thought the abolition would tend to the greater security of foot passengers, but that the existing speed limit was so universally disobeyed that its maintenance brought the law into contempt
  9. ^ a b c d e f g h "A summary of important legislation". DOE NI. Archived from the original on 3 September 2009.
  10. ^ "History of the British driving test". Driving Standards Agency.
  11. ^ "The initial crisis of bus service licensing 1931-34" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 28 July 2011. Retrieved 20 January 2010.
  12. ^ "Road traffic Act 1930" (PDF). opsi. p. 102. Retrieved 20 January 2010.
  13. ^ "Road Traffic Act 1988". Office of Public Sector Information. Retrieved 23 January 2010.
  14. ^ The law of motor insurance. Sweet & Maxwell. 2004. pp. 7–8. ISBN 978-0-421-83930-4.

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UK Legislation[edit]