2022 Highway Code Changes
The Highway Code has recently been updated and this will affect all types of road users. The 2022 Highway Code changes follow a public consultation on improving the safety of people walking, cycling and riding horses. It ran from July to October 2020 and received more than 20,000 responses. Most people who responded were in favour of the changes.
Hierarchy of Road Users
The 2022 Highway Code changes set out a clear hierarchy of road users, and it is important that all road users understand their responsibility for the safety of others. The updated rules make clear that 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, although there is still an expectation on all road users to behave responsibly.
Other Important Changes
There are also updates to the rules covering a range of situations, including:
- People crossing the road at junctions
- Walking, cycling or riding in shared spaces
- Positioning in the road when cycling
- Overtaking when driving or cycling
- People cycling at junctions
- People cycling, riding a horse and driving horse-drawn vehicles on roundabouts
- Parking, charging and leaving vehicles
More details about the 2022 Highway Code changes, which came into effect on 29 January, are available here.
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