The Highway Code

 

 

There have been some changes to the Highway Code, which came into force on Saturday 29th January 2022.

There have been 8 new rules introduced and updates to 49 existing rules.

The most significant addition is the new “Hierarchy of road users”. The new system gives priority to vulnerable road users such as cyclists, pedestrians and horse drawn vehicles.

Under the new “Hierarchy of road users” there have been 3 new rules implemented, Rules H1, H2 and H3.

Rule H1

This rule states ‘Those in charge of vehicles that can cause the greatest harm in the event of a collision bear the greatest responsibility to take care, and reduce the danger they pose to others’

This principle applies to large goods and passenger vehicles, including cars and taxis as well as vans, minibuses and motorcycles.

Whilst this indicates pedestrians, cyclists and horse riders are at the top of the hierarchy, they do stress that ALL road users still have a regard for their own, and other road user’s safety.

Rule H2 – Rule for drivers, motorcyclists, horse drawn vehicles, horse riders and cyclists

This rule is very specific about when you should give way to vulnerable road users, including if a pedestrian is waiting to cross a road of which you are turning in to.

The 8 new rules are as follows;

Rule H3 – Rule for drivers and motorcyclists

The third rule states ‘You should not cut across cyclists, horse riders or horse drawn vehicles going ahead when you are turning into or out of a junction or changing direction or lane, just as you would not turn across the path of another motor vehicle. This applies whether they are using a cycle lane, a cycle track, or riding ahead on the road and you should give way to them.’

You should not turn at a junction if it is not safe to do so and may cause the other user to have to stop or swerve your vehicle.

If it is not safe to turn, you should stop and wait for a safe gap.

This also includes when cyclists are:

According to the government website, between 2004 – 2020 the following information was found;

Being a chauffeur, you are on the road a lot. It is imperative that all road users are considerate to others and understand their responsibility for the safety of not only themselves, but also other road users.

For further information, please visit

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/the-highway-code/introduction#ruleh2

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/reported-road-casualties-great-britain-pedal-cyclist-factsheet-2020/reported-road-casualties-in-great-britain-pedal-cycle-factsheet-2020