Story: Cars and the motor industry

Car registration, 1950

Car registration, 1950

A crowd queues to register their motor vehicles in the concert chamber of Wellington town hall in 1950. None of the road safety posters on the wall are about drinking and driving. Breathalysers were introduced in 1969 and a crackdown on drink-driving achieved a measure of success in the 1970s.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Evening Post Collection (PAColl-0614)
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Eric Pawson, 'Cars and the motor industry - Licensing, safety and limits', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 8 December 2023)

Story by Eric Pawson, published 11 Mar 2010, updated 1 Dec 2014