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Consultation launched on Highway Code changes

The government has called for the public's view on changing the highway code for vulnerable road users – but not motorcyclists

THE government has asked for public opinion on updating the Highway Code, paying particular regard to vulnerable road users. But don’t get to excited about positive change for motorcyclists as we have been omitted.

The consultation is open until the 27th of October and is aimed at introducing a hierarchy of road users, with those most likely to do harm taking on the greatest responsibility to reduce the danger or threat they may pose to others.

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It also looks to clarify the existing rules on pedestrian priority on pavements, to advise that drivers and riders should give way to pedestrians crossing or waiting to cross the road – even when not at a pedestrian crossing.

The consultation is also looking to establish guidance on safe passing distances and speeds when overtaking cyclists and horse riders – both of which are definitely a good thing we may add.

Specific information relating to motorcyclists within the consultation is scant, with the only mention in the paper being in relation to audible and camera-based warning systems, and ensuring they are in working order!

Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Transport, Baroness Vere of Norbiton, said:

“Keeping our roads safe for everyone, and in particular vulnerable road users, is one of my key priorities. Everyone has an equal right to use the road, and we want to make certain they do so in a safe, considerate and responsible manner.

“The Highway Code is essential reading for all road users. It helps to keep our roads safe by setting out rules, techniques and advice for all road users. It is therefore important that The Highway Code keeps pace with changes, both to the way that people are travelling as well as the infrastructure in place to support our journeys. In November 2018, we published the Government response to the Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy Safety Review which committed to update The Highway Code to improve safety for cyclists, pedestrians and horse riders. This is more important now than ever. We are seeing record numbers of people taking up cycling and The Highway Code needs to keep pace with how people are using the roads.”

To have your say on the changes, head to: gov.uk

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