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Old January 28th, 2016, 11:12 AM   #1261
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More European countries had left hand driving before WW-II, like (parts of) Austria.
...or Czechoslowakia

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In Italy until around 1920 some areas drove on the right, other on the left.
Yes, the decision was of provincial and/or municipal jurisdiction! and often there was also difference between inside and outside of towns!
Right-hand drive was introduced during Fascist Era in 1923 (I've checked)
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Old January 28th, 2016, 12:19 PM   #1262
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Iceland switched from right to left druing the British occupation and later switched back again.
The switchback, was that in 1941 when the American occupation started or after the war ?
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Old January 28th, 2016, 12:55 PM   #1263
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As Austro-Hungarian heritage, Austria drove on the left until Anschluss in 1938, Czechoslovakia converted from left to right in 1939, and Hungary in 1941.
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Old January 28th, 2016, 01:02 PM   #1264
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The switchback, was that in 1941 when the American occupation started or after the war ?

It was supposed to take place in 1941 but the actual change didn't take place until 1968:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/H-dagurinn

As a side note, some Swedish military officers wanted to change side during WW2 in Sweden as well. There were many cases of accidents with lorry drivers that drove supplies across Finland (Petsamo and Liinahamari) and for reasons such as fatigue drove on the wrong (and fatal) side in Finland and Sweden.
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Old January 28th, 2016, 11:02 PM   #1265
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From Czechoslovakia (Czech Protectorate). It uses some english-based words "motorisovaná" = "motorised", trolleybus, etc.
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Old January 29th, 2016, 01:26 AM   #1266
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Right-hand drive was introduced during Fascist Era in 1923 (I've checked)


Like during Cultural Revolution era in China when they were making people drive on the left and go on the red light and wait on the green light
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Old January 29th, 2016, 01:33 AM   #1267
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From Czechoslovakia (Czech Protectorate). It uses some english-based words "motorisovaná" = "motorised", trolleybus, etc.
I would say it's rather from latin verb "movere, moti, motum" (to move).
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Old January 29th, 2016, 02:59 PM   #1268
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Nazi Germany implemented their driving rules in Czech protectorat in 1939. Photos from Prague in those days:



"In Prague drive on the right"

Advertisment about trams that changed their direction:



"Since March 26 we drive on the right"



"Drives on the right"

Traffic on the Wenceslas Square in Prague on the left-hand side in the 1930s:

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Old January 29th, 2016, 05:38 PM   #1269
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In Italy until around 1920 some areas drove on the right, other on the left.
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Yes, the decision was of provincial and/or municipal jurisdiction! and often there was also difference between inside and outside of towns!
Right-hand drive was introduced during Fascist Era in 1923 (I've checked)
It was the same in Spain.

For instance, Madrid drove on the left and Barcelona on the right, until the 1st October 1924 when Madrid switched to right-hand traffic. It wasn't until 1934 when the first Código de Circulación (i.e. Highway code, PDF) was passed, that the right-hand traffic became official in the whole country. The fine for driving on the left was 2 Pts (€ 0.012)

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Sentido de circulación
Artículo 21.
Todos los vehículos, bestias de tiro, carga o silla y toda clase de animales, circularán por la derecha de la calzada, aun cuando el centro de aquélla se halle libre, sin invadir la zona correspondiente a los viandantes y paseos.
La infracción se castigará con multa de dos pesetas y pago del daño que causen.
Nevertheless, left-hand traffic is still present in many railway lines, e.g. Madrid and Bilbao Metros and all the lines built by the Compañía de los Caminos de Hierro del Norte de España (CCHNE).
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Old January 29th, 2016, 10:45 PM   #1270
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Like during Cultural Revolution era in China when they were making people drive on the left and go on the red light and wait on the green light
I don't think the driving on the right in the whole Italy in 1923 was introduced for political reasons. More simply, large parts of the country already drove on the right and having different rules within the country was highly impractical during automobile era (it was less impacting in the horse-carriage era, as people travelled overland shorter distances and at lower speed).
Moreover, few years earlier (1920), the first highway code and the first nation-wide signage system was introduced.
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Old January 30th, 2016, 12:29 AM   #1271
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Avenida de Mayo in Buenos Aires, Argentina drove on the left until June 10, 1945



http://www.arcondebuenosaires.com.ar...ayo-parte2.htm



http://www.arcondebuenosaires.com.ar...ayo-parte3.htm

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"Pedestrian:

Before crossing look both ways. Help us prevent accidents.

Be aware! Remember that all vehicles drive on the right.

Watch your children!

Cooperate with the authorities abiding their instructions."




"Look out friends!

Before crossing
look both ways

The traffic direction is now right"

"Your hand is the right"

"Avoid traffic accidents. On June 10th, change direction and... keep on drinking Vermouth Cinzano"



"Drive on the right
at reduced speed"
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Old February 1st, 2016, 01:17 AM   #1272
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Old February 3rd, 2016, 11:21 AM   #1273
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Old February 4th, 2016, 11:09 AM   #1274
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Reykjavik in 1968


Lefthand traffic before May 26th 1968


On the morning of Sunday 26 May 1968, Iceland switched to right-hand traffic. The change took effect at. 6 in the morning after much preparation, effort and enormous costs. At present, approximately 72% of the total road network of the world is driven on the right.
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Old February 4th, 2016, 12:36 PM   #1275
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Looks a bit more peaceful that Sweden. This is Stockholm the moment they switched sides...







But after everyone has settled...

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Old February 5th, 2016, 01:34 AM   #1276
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Looks like the cars were LHD already, anticipating the switch of sides...
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Old February 5th, 2016, 11:26 PM   #1277
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They mostly always were in Sweden I believe.
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Old February 25th, 2016, 04:15 AM   #1278
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Found a brilliant movie here of the Zagreb-Belgrade Autoput.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dWzKVxUVZWM

The toll station at the end has one of the weirdest things I've ever seen - tickets were handed manually to drivers instead of being issued through a machine.
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Old February 25th, 2016, 05:40 PM   #1279
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They do that in Massachusetts too.
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Old February 25th, 2016, 07:33 PM   #1280
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Found a brilliant movie here of the Zagreb-Belgrade Autoput.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dWzKVxUVZWM

The toll station at the end has one of the weirdest things I've ever seen - tickets were handed manually to drivers instead of being issued through a machine.
I've seen this being done on a very busy holiday weekend in Spain. It's actually much faster than with the machine, since you take the ticket "on the fly".
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