A major overhaul of the Highway Code will be underway that would grant pedestrians and bicyclists preference over other cars in certain key situations.
Cars have no priority for pedestrians unless they cross the road in which cars are turning. The new code will give priority to pedestrians waiting to cross the road, and require that vehicles slow down to allow them to do so.
Department for Transport (DfT), also proposes to establish a “hierarchy for road users,” which will aim to “ensure those who can cause the most harm bear the greatest responsibility for reducing the threat or danger they might pose to others.”
If the amendments are approved, cyclists will be granted greater rights. They would have right-of-way to take cars that are waiting for them to turn left onto a side street, as well as being permitted to pass vehicles on main roads while they wait to turn right. Clarification would be made regarding the speed and distance that cyclists should travel.
These proposed amendments to the Highway Code were created following consultation. They are designed to encourage walking and biking by making the roads safer. Several respondents expressed concerns that certain rule changes might increase risk in certain circumstances. For example, cyclists or pedestrians could be more at risk when motorists turn left.
According to DfT, it will “review all proposed changes again to determine what modifications are necessary to the wording in order to account for the valid comments,” and then publish an updated Highway Code.
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Publiated at Mon, 2 Aug 2021 02:44:34 +0000