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It’s Our Birthday!

It’s Our Birthday!

20 years ago How’s My Driving? was born, and we have accomplished some fantastic things in these two decades for road safety. With over 10,000 vans, trucks, lorries now wearing our distinctive black and yellow badge, we have to say we are feeling rather proud. Let’s look back and celebrate some of the most poignant times in road safety history.

1888 - The first manufactured motor car was a petrol-driven Benz and was sold to a Mr Emile Roger, who lived in Paris.

1903 – Driving licences were first introduced in Britain by the Motor Car Act, so that vehicles and their drivers could be identified. This registration would cost you 20 shillings (£1) annually and could be done at your local post office.

1934 – Licences for lorry drivers were introduced under the Road Traffic Act.

1940 – All licences and tests were suspended temporarily because of World War II.

1951 – Zebra crossing were first introduced to British roads.

1958 – The M6 Preston was the first stretch of motorway built and declared open.

1967 – Drink driving laws came into full force and the legal limit was set at 80mg alcohol in 100ml of blood.

1995 – The Pass Plus scheme was first introduced, in order to help newly qualified drivers gain valuable driving experience and reduce the number of young driver accidents.

2011 - The Highway Code joined social media and even developed an App to share reminders about the rules of road.

2014 – The DSA and the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency merged together to create the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA), and is now the executive agency of the Department for Transport.

The Future

What a fantastic century is has been, some incredible developments have occurred. Let’s see what the rest of the 21st century has to offer, perhaps driverless cars? Automatic braking systems? A zero-emission car? Who knows, but we are certainly excited to find out!

11 June 2015

Blog Archive

2016 November

Fewer HGV collisions as speed limits on UK roads increase

2016 October

Thousands of lorries to be banned from London
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2016 September

10 reasons why you and your drivers should join ‘How’s My Driving?’
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2016 August

Should the Highway Code be taught in schools?
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2016 July

British Government welcomes public opinion on autonomous vehicles
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2016 June

Are Attitudes Towards Road Safety Issues Changing?
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Steering group take the wheel on road safety projects

2016 May

Pedal Power: London’s Cycle Boom
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Emergency services confidently ask “How’s My Driving?”

2016 April

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2016 March

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2016 February

Top Tips for Reducing your Fleet Insurance

2016 January

The Ultimate Winter Road Safety

2015 December

Should we lower the Drink Drive limit?

2015 November

Welcome to Road Safety Week 2015
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2015 October

Survival tips for long distance driving

2015 September

New plans to overhaul driving tests

2015 August

THE most frustrating driving habits

2015 July

Minty Fresh and Birthday Ready
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2015 June

It’s Our Birthday!

2015 April

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2015 March

Safer Motorways: New Technology

2014 July

How’s My Driving and Just Fleet team up

2014 April

Budget safety scheme leading the way
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2012 June

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2012 March

Cycle Badge Competition