1910 Motor Car Act
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About the 1910 Motor Car Act
Prior to the introduction of the first regulations in 1910, it was pretty much a case of Rafferty's Rules on Victoria's roads. With the first road fatality in 1905 and the arrival of the first Model T Ford in 1909, the motor car represented an increasingly noisy and smelly threat to pedestrians and animals alike.
Historic reports note road safety issues that continue to alarm authorities today, from cars lacking rear lights to vehicles being on the wrong side of the road and emitting noxious fumes. The Act did not impose speed limits, however. Instead, it relied on those 'driving recklessly, negligently or at speed' being apprehended by traffic police waving stopwatches.
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