February 24, 2010


Ian Jane an avid reader of Britannia’s website has provided some rather interesting information regarding driving licenses.

He is currently in possession of a driving certificate that was issued to a nurse in Finchley by the RAC in July 1916. It looks similar to the red folding card issued later by local councils.

The first drivers license of sorts was issued to a man called Karl Benz in 1988. Karl Benz was the inventor of the modern automobile. The license was acquired when local residents complained of the smell the vehicle was producing and he got written permission from the local authorities.

It wasn’t until 29th September 1905 that the first locality required mandatory driving licenses and testing. However, Britain did not make it compulsory for drivers to take a driving test until 1935, with this being suspended during World War Two.

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