London Public Service Vehicle badges

From the earliest days of London's tramways, drivers and conductors were required to wear Public Service Vehicle badges whilst on duty. These took the form of an enamelled oval disc on a leather strap, which was either hung directly from the bearer's tunic (via a button) or was attached to some other item of staff paraphenalia such as a cashbag strap.

Up until 1930, these badges were issued by the Metropolitan Police, but following the passing of the 1930 Road Traffic Act, this responsibility passed to a new regional Licensing Authority (the 'Metropolitan' in the case of London). In 1935, PSV badges were standardised right across the country to the now familiar small circular variety, initially made of 'Metrovick Traffolyte', but subsequently 'Formica'.

The following images are from my collection, and are not intended to be exhaustive. For more information on PSV badges, including non-London issues, pay a visit to the following web sites: Stephen Howarth's (see link); Peter Rigarlsford (see link).



Conductors
Public Service Vehicle PSV C2 badge
Public Service Vehicle badge - 'Conductor' - probably issued to tram (and bus) conductors between 1850 and 1906 (note that the last horse tram in London ran in 1912). 'M P' stands for Metropolitan Police'. Size = 105mm x 95mm.


Public Service Vehicle PSV C3 badge
Public Service Vehicle badge - 'Conductor' - probably issued to tram (and bus) conductors between between 1906 and 1931. Size = 93mm x 82mm.


Horse tram drivers
Public Service Vehicle PSV DA3 badge
Public Service Vehicle badge - 'Stage Driver' - probably issued to drivers of horse trams (and buses) between 1906 and 1907. Size = 105mm x 95mm.


Motormen
Public Service Vehicle PSV DM2 badge
Public Service Vehicle badge - 'Stage Driver Mechanical Power' - probably issued to drivers of electric trams (and buses) between 190? and 1909. Size = 105mm x 95mm.


Public Service Vehicle PSV DM? badge
Public Service Vehicle badge - 'Stage Driver Mechanical Power' - probably issued to drivers of electric trams (and buses) between 1909 and ? Size = 93mm x 82mm.


Public Service Vehicle PSV DM5 badge
Public Service Vehicle badge - Driver - issued to drivers of electric trams (and buses) between 1931 and 1935. The Area Code 'N' is for the Metropolitan Licensing Authority. Size = 93mm x 80mm.


Public Service Vehicle PSV T badge
Public Service Vehicle badge - Driver - issued to drivers of electric trams (and trolleybuses) between 1935 and 1952. The 'T' was not an area code per se, but rather stood for 'Trams and Trolleybuses'. The circumference colour is actually lilac (faded on this example).