I’m not even sure how to Google this, so I thought I’d ask the great SDMB!
A hundred plus years ago, most personal transportation was by horse or other simpler means. I’ve never heard any reference to this form of transportation being regulated or controlled by the individual states, though I’d love to be proven wrong.
How did it come about that the states felt the need to regulate automotive travel? It was just another form of transportation, slowly replacing the horse. Now states issue licenses, inspections of vehicles in some states, and things like that. Was this change safety motivated? Fee motivated? And how did it become universal across the states and in many other countries as well?
I do understand the need for basic traffic laws, even with horses. I just don’t know how the states managed to get control of a person being able to use a vehicle, and what legal precedent they had for doing so.
Thanks for any insight!