Important changes to the Highway Code that you need to know about

Important changes to the Highway Code that you need to know about

Did you know that the Highway Code is likely to be changed in Autumn 2021?
Last year the Government ran a consultation on the proposed changes to the
Highway Code between July 2020 – October 2020. They announced in July 2021
the results of that consultation and changes that will be made subject to
parliamentary approval in the Autumn.


The purpose of the changes is to give protection to the most vulnerable road users.
The proposals will create a hierarchy of road users that ensures that those who can
do the greatest harm have the greatest responsibility on the road to reduce the
danger that they pose to others.


This hierarchy will have pedestrians, especially vulnerable pedestrians such as the
elderly and children, at the top of the pyramid, as they will be classed as those who
can cause the least harm.


Cyclists, horse riders, motorcyclists and cars will then follow with vans, HGV’s and
buses at the bottom of the list.


Drivers will be told to give priority to pedestrians and cyclists and told to stop for
people crossing the road, even if they are not at a pelican or zebra crossing.


Cyclists will be given priority at junctions when travelling straight ahead and are being
told to ride in the centre lane to make themselves as clearly visible as possible on
quiet roads or streets, but to move to the left to enable a faster vehicle to overtake
them if they come up behind them.


As a firm, we welcome these proposed changes. Anything that can hopefully reduce
the number of accidents, especially those involving vulnerable road users, has to be
worth pursuing.


At Tinsdills we have seen the devastating impact of accidents involving vulnerable
road users and, as a result of these changes, we will hopefully start to see less of
them.


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