If a steam locomotive is driven on roads, a man must walk in front of the vehicle with a red flag during the day and a red lantern at night to warn passers-by.

  • Lewis

    This refers to cars not locomotives

  • Dan

    No, this probably does refer to locomotives where the right-of-way runs down a street.

  • Richard

    This is actually a law from the 19th century, now repealed IIRC.

  • ndd

    how do you suppose you would drive a train on the road?

  • Andy J

    This referred to the original steam cars, before the petrol engine.

    It has also been repealed. “In 1896 the first run from the Metropole Hotel in London to the Metropole Hotel in Brighton was a celebration of new-found freedom for motorists, granted by the ‘Locomotives on the Highway Act’, which raised the speed limit of automobiles to 14mph and abolished the requirement for these vehicles to be preceded by a man on foot carrying a flag of warning.”

    From the http://www.royalautomobileclub.co.uk/Motoring/London-to-Brighton-Veteran-Car-Run