The city of Liverpool prepares for the motor car

Friday, October 30 – 1896
Sir David Salomons holds decided views as to the particular car which will obtain public support on account of its easy passage, and the possible absence of vibration. It is a mistake to suppose that when on the 14th prox. The Act of Parliament comes in force there will be a revolution of street traffic, and a warning note in this respect was uttered on Monday when the worthy baronet spoke to an influential gathering of Liverpool gentlemen.

It is well to remember the terms of the Act which permits motor cars to be run in our streets under municipal sanction, and in conformity with the decrees of the Local Government Board. There is a proviso that special regulations may be drafted where special circumstances call for their adoption.

Recognising the importance of special regulations for particular places the Local Government Board has invited the authorities in Liverpool to declare their ideas on the general rules provided under the Act, one of which by the way, permits motor cars to travel at the rate of 14 miles an hour. We understand that the Corporation of this city will draw attention to the fact that our tramways are not permitted to travel beyond eight miles per hour, and that the limit of speed of what is termed “heavy traffic” is four miles an hour. It may also be mentioned that any light locomotive used to draw a tramcar would be subject to the rules regulating tramway traffic, and that a locomotive intended for drawing a lorry would come under the “heavy traffic” regulations.

In the light of the above facts it is an open question whether business men residing in the out-districts will not shortly have the choice of motor cars, trams, buses, and cabs in which to ride home or to the city.
(Liverpool Mercury, 30-10-1896)

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