16 strangest driving laws on Earth to mark day when traffic lights first appeared

News Shopper: The first traffic lights were used in London in 1868, based on railway signals The first traffic lights were used in London in 1868, based on railway signals

THIS day in 1868 was when the first traffic lights were installed, outside the Houses of Parliament in London.

Railway engineer JP Knight is credited with their invention as a way to control horse-drawn vehicles passing through the area.

During the day the lights comprised a set of semaphore arms that looked like a railway signal.

At night a revolving lantern with red and green signals was used, controlled by a police constable. There was no amber light at the time so the PC would blow a whistle to indicate when the signals were about to change.

On the night of January 2, 1869, a leak from one of the gas lines caused an explosion which injured the policeman operating it. Due to the safety fears this raised the signals in this form were not used again.

The first electric traffic lights in Britain were in Piccadilly Circus in 1926.

To mark the occasion of the first traffic lights we present this infographic from www.think-ins.co.uk showing 16 of the most bizarre driving laws on the planet.

Among other odd rules, it reveals how Russians don’t like dirty cars and Alaskans don’t like you driving with a dog on your roof.

Click on the graphic below to open a larger version.

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8:43am Tue 10 Dec 13

molsey says...

Did you know all four wheels must be over the white stop line to be allowed to carry on over a red light?

I know, I was done for it on Piccadilly Circus 30 years ago in crawling traffic. I pleaded not guilty in Bow Street Magistrates Court I think it was and represented myself. A clever copper got up and asked me exactly where my wheels were in relation to the white stop line. I said the front wheels were over. No further questions, boomp, one endorsement, £20 fine. As I was leaving I said "Thank you very much officer".

There is an old saying, "Anyone who represents him/herself has a fool for a client".
Did you know all four wheels must be over the white stop line to be allowed to carry on over a red light? I know, I was done for it on Piccadilly Circus 30 years ago in crawling traffic. I pleaded not guilty in Bow Street Magistrates Court I think it was and represented myself. A clever copper got up and asked me exactly where my wheels were in relation to the white stop line. I said the front wheels were over. No further questions, boomp, one endorsement, £20 fine. As I was leaving I said "Thank you very much officer". There is an old saying, "Anyone who represents him/herself has a fool for a client". molsey

1:49pm Tue 10 Dec 13

bnorther says...

Just a cheap advert for an insurance company.

The UK law has gone (it went in 1976), so immediately I question the validity of their other claims.
Just a cheap advert for an insurance company. The UK law has gone (it went in 1976), so immediately I question the validity of their other claims. bnorther

2:48pm Tue 10 Dec 13

molsey says...

bnorther wrote:
Just a cheap advert for an insurance company.

The UK law has gone (it went in 1976), so immediately I question the validity of their other claims.
You are right, I've just read it again and clicked the link this time.
[quote][p][bold]bnorther[/bold] wrote: Just a cheap advert for an insurance company. The UK law has gone (it went in 1976), so immediately I question the validity of their other claims.[/p][/quote]You are right, I've just read it again and clicked the link this time. molsey

12:59pm Sat 14 Dec 13

white rabbit9 says...

These laws are an ACT of government called statute's. You have to 'consent' for the ACT to be legal. The highway code is an instruction manual how to drive on the road, why are the police fining people for a mistake? Mistakes happen.
These laws are an ACT of government called statute's. You have to 'consent' for the ACT to be legal. The highway code is an instruction manual how to drive on the road, why are the police fining people for a mistake? Mistakes happen. white rabbit9

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