Charged with Lighting Failure


How strange it would have been to live in that “crossover” time where horses and carts were on the roads, but also, emerging were also mechanised vehicles and cars.

A good example would have been in 1917, during WW1 when Donald McLean was driving his cart back from Cambuslang. He was stopped by authorities one dark evening that February for not displaying lighting. Under the Lighting Regulations, it was an offence to fail to display lighting on your horse drawn vehicle on a public highway. Lamps such as these pictured may have been used for such purposes.

Donald, a miner of 25 Hunthill Road, High Blantyre was fined £1 or 5 days imprisonment.

Featuring Blantyre Project Social Media with permission. Strictly not for use by others on or offline, our visitors said:

Betty McLean A lot of money in those days
Anne Irvine Very harsh lol
Anthony Smith He might just have been complying with the blackout.
Blantyre Project were there blackouts required in WW1? Early planes with very limited range were surely not a threat to the UK then.
Gord Fotheringham Jist gee him a torch

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  1. Michael Glangevlin McGovern

    To this day, the Amish in Pennsylvania and other states use similar lanterns when they ride in their horse-drawn buggies at night. Not sure if they are battery operated or use kerosene to light them.

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