Changes to the Highway Code

From Satuday 29th January 2022, some key changes to the Highway Code will take effect.

The Code has been changed to improve road safety for people walking, cycling and horse riding. Read on to find out about the key changes all road users need to know.

The Highway code has been changed to introduce a hierarchy of road users. Irrespective of how you travel, those who can do the greatest harm have the greatest responsibility to reduce the danger or threat they may pose to others.

  • You now should give people crossing, or waiting to cross, and cycling straight ahead priority when turning in and out of junctions.
  • You now should leave at least 1.5 metres when overtaking cyclists, or even more room if space allows you.
  • When driving, you should now pass horse riders and horse-drawn vehicles at speeds under 10mph and allow at least 2 metres of space.
  • You should now allow at least 2 metres of space and keep at a low speed when passing someone walking in the road.
  • Car users should now open their doors with the hand furthest from the door, to help them look over their shoulders to see people walking or cycling behind them.
  • People may cycle in the centre lane or two abreast for their own safety, whilst allowing others to overtake when it is safe to do so.

Let’s improve how we all share our roads and understand our responsibility for the safety of others. Check the changes, and stay safe.

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