Driving Licence


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DEPARTMENT FOR THE ENVIRONMENT. Driving Licence. City of Manchester as Agents for the Secretary of State for the Environment, 1972.

12mo, original card wrappers; near fine with issuing details on receipt.
Until 1930, driving licences were issued by local authorities (counties or county boroughs) using designs of their own creation. The only common features were those mandated by the Act but the general size, colour and dimensions varied enormously. After the Road Traffic Act 1930, the design of the licence document became standardized and (although this varied over the years) standard designs were retained until the card licence was phased out in the 1970s. The licence slips that were pasted inside were produced to a broad standard but each local authority seems to have ordered its own stock and there was considerable variation between one authority and another. The licence was issued under the Department for the Environment, rather than Transport, because from 1970-76 transport responsiblities were subsumed into Environment.