Vermont Had The First US Red Flag Law

Here’s a curious bit of automotive history I bet you didn’t know. Shortly after cars first appeared, the British Parliament passed the first of their Locomotive Acts, in 1865! This was aimed at steam cars. The Act set a speed limit of 4 mph in the country and 2 mph in town. Seems slow, right? Well, the cars back then really couldn’t go much faster. Also, when you were in town you had to have someone walk in front of the car and wave a red flag. Just in case the sputtering didn’t alert you to the car’s presence.

So, in Vermont, we implemented the Red Flag Law in 1894. Burlington must have been quite a sight with the few cars we had around being led like a bull! However, it was worse for drivers in Pennsylvania. They had to send up a rocket every mile! If you live in Essex, Burlington, South Burlington, Colchester, Winooski, Williston, Shelburne and anywhere in the State of Vermont be sure to contact Handy’s Service Center for all your auto repair needs!