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Kenneth Young interview: Learning to drive

My father had bought his first car around 1933. I learned to drive at the same time. The driving test was introduced on 1st April 1934 but if you had a license before that, there was no need to take the test. Everyone applied for licenses beforehand but I didn’t get one although I had been driving for a whole year – all around Scotland. So on 1st April 1934 I had to go to a building in Kingston to take the test. There were three inspectors. One was wearing a monocle. They just talked. I was the first person in the whole of Surrey to come in for the test and I passed. I also attended a school of motoring which was at Vauxhall. I remember driving around the West End with the instructor on the first day they introduced Belisha beacons in the streets.