Hacker News new | comments | show | ask | jobs | submit login

In the UK, the Locomotive Acts[1] restricted speed and weight of autos and imposed signaling rules (cars had to be preceded by a walker with a red flag!) and required yielding to horses. Arguably, these laws hindered early automobile development and public acceptance and helped the development of railways and trams.

I'm not sure about the US, but by the early 20th century the American auto industry was on the offensive, setting up shell companies[2] to buy up and dismantle inner-city trolley lines.

[1] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Locomotive_Act

[2] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_American_Streetcar_Scanda...

Guidelines | FAQ | Support | API | Security | Lists | Bookmarklet | DMCA | Apply to YC | Contact