The car in historical context
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The car in historical context book
This chapter considers the meteoric rise of the motor car, and marks key steps in legislation designed to control car usage and abusage. It suggests that what began as a luxury and novelty for the elite inspired traffic laws with minimal sanctions for breaches because the lawmakers were among the car-owning minority. The initial ethos, which downplayed the potential and actual danger and harm caused by cars, seems to have changed little since. Indeed, now that car owners comprise a sizeable proportion of adults in industrialised countries, changes to laws and enforcement policies must satisfy the views of this burgeoning proportion of the electorate.