The Battle for the Roads of Britain

Police, Motorists and the Law, c.1890s to 1970s

  • Keith Laybourn
  • David Taylor

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. The Challenge of Automobility and the Response of Policing in Britain: An Overview of a New Vista

  3. Historiography and Argument

    1. Keith Laybourn, David Taylor
      Pages 25-37
  4. Policing Britain c.1900–1970: Enforcing the Law on the Motorist

  5. Engineering, Educating and Channelling Road Safety

  6. Conclusion

    1. Keith Laybourn, David Taylor
      Pages 186-189
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 190-238

About this book


Policing in Britain was changed fundamentally by the rapid emergence of the automobile at the beginning of the twentieth century. This book seeks to examine how the police reacted to this challenge and moved to segregate the motorist from the pedestrian in an attempt to eliminate the 'road holocaust' that ensued.


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Authors and affiliations

  • Keith Laybourn
    • 1
  • David Taylor
    • 1
  1. 1.University of HuddersfieldUK

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