Until 1976, what were London taxis required by law to have in their cab at all times?

Answer: A bale of hay. Harking back to the era of horse drawn-carriages, the London Hackney Carriage Act 1831 stipulated that such a bale was to be kept in the boot to feed the horses. The clause was only removed 145 years later.

Source: The Strange Laws of Old England by Nigel Cawthorne

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