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LOCOMOTIVE ACTS - Governments around the world know that petrol and diesel powered vehicles pollute the air and cause cancer, but they are still twiddling their thumbs to make a few more $dollars out of fossil fuels and internal combustion engines, and keep themselves sweet with auto makers and oil companies.



THE LOCOMOTIVE ACT 1865, also known as the RED FLAG ACT, required:

1. Self-propelled vehicles to have a speed limit of 4 mph(6 Km/h) in country roads and 2 mph (3 Km/h) in city roads.

2. It should have a crew of 3 – a driver, a stoker and flag man.

3. The flag man need to carry a Red flag and walk 60 yards (55 m) ahead of the vehicle.

This effectively restricted the speed of the vehicle to the walking speed of the man carrying the Red flag. He has to warn the horse carriages about the self-propelled vehicle ahead and ensure that the driver stops the vehicle till the horse or the horse carriage passes by.

The amended Highway & Locomotive act of 1878 reduced the distance of the Red flag man to 20 yards but all the other conditions remained same.

These restrictive rules and regulations choked the development of the British Motor Industry , helped by the Railway and Horse carriage lobbies.

Finally, on 14 November 1896 , the new Locomotives on Highways Act 1896 was passed with the following changes and was applicable to vehicles less than 3 tons in weight.

1. Speed limit was increased to 14 mph (22 Km/h)

2. Was exempted from the 3 member crew as well as the Red flag

To celebrate this event, Harry Lawson of Daimler (England) and his friends organised for the London to Brighton “Emancipation” run. The London – Brighton run starts off with the symbolic tearing of the RED flag. The London – Brighton run has bee a regular event from 1927 to modern times.

By 1903, the speed limits were increased to 20 mph and later on the laws were repealed.







From 1865, through 1896 through to 1903 and beyond, politicians in the UK used their positions of trust to hinder progress. That is 38 years and more of blocking technology, by the very people who should have been looking to advance technology.


The modern cars we rely on today are the product of the Collective Human Brain. We stand on the shoulders of giants and take our conveniences for granted.


If it took 38 years for our (then) leaders to recognise the advantages of the motor car, what chance have we got to halt Global Warming?



Serious ruts that can cause dangerous steering diversion


ROADS FOR VEHICLES - If the state of an economy can be measured by the condition of the country's roads, we and neck high in a slurry pit of cow pats. Of course that is true, as anyone looking at National Debts can see. But how did it get so bad? Where have all our taxes gone? Where has our Road Fund License money gone? Who is taking our money and spending it on other things we do not need. Are Governments corrupt or simply inept?




REACTIVE POLITICS - In future the men running ahead of cars will need to sprint faster, as technology accelerates away from dim-witted politicians being snake charmed by wealthy stakeholders, into ignoring the cures they are looking for in return for a nice fat brown envelope.



PLANET A, let's keep it this way





If you know something is harmful or dangerous and do nothing about it, that is abandonment of a duty of care.


If you knowingly obstruct the making of new laws, striking of old laws, seeking to prolong the use of technology that is known to be harmful to human health, then that is no longer a breach of duty of care, it is criminal negligence.



There is no PLANET B


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