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New UK Highway Act Signals the End of the Man Carrying a Red Flag – 14 November 1896

‘The Magna Carta of Motor-Cars’ On 14 November 1896, a new Act of Parliament in the UK ensured that horseless carriages no longer required a man carrying a red flag to walk in front of them. Here is a newspaper story – published on 14 November 1896 – that reports on the legislation that was called ‘The Magna Carta of Motor-Cars’. Grantham Journal – Saturday 14 November 1896 Image © THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/viewer/bl/0000400/18961114/094/0007