UK highway code changes will be implemented amid concerns about driver lack of awareness


A major revision of the UK highway code to enhance protection for cyclists and pedestrians will come into effect on Saturday, amid concerns that millions of drivers are unaware of the change.

The new guidance means that traffic will be cut off when pedestrians cross at an intersection or are waiting to cross.

Cyclists are advised to ride in the middle of a quiet road lane and be as prominent as possible when traffic is light and approaching an intersection.

A hierarchy of road users has also been introduced. That is, the driver is responsible for paying attention to those who ride, walk, or ride horses, and the cyclist is responsible for paying attention to pedestrians.

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The highway code contains advice and rules for people on the roads of the UK.

Nine sections have been updated and 50 rules have been added or modified.

Changes are advice and no fines will be imposed for violations.

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AA President Edmund King expressed concern about the potential impact of guidance giving way to pedestrians at junctions.

He suggested that if a driver stops on a dual road or a fast-moving road A and crosses someone, he “is likely to hit another vehicle from behind.”

He also warned that pedestrians could be at risk if one vehicle gave way but another vehicle traveling in the opposite direction did not stop.

“Drivers have to decide for themselves what to do in their scenario,” King told PA News Agency.

“But this can lead to problems if the driver and pedestrian judgments are at odds on a very busy road.”

According to an AA survey of more than 13,700 drivers conducted earlier this month, 33% were unaware of the change, and 4% were unwilling to look at the details.

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RAC Road Officer’s Policy Nicholas Lyes warns that “substantial” changes are at risk of causing “angry clashes, or worse, unnecessary clashes” unless all road users are aware of them. Did.

“No one wants to be to the right of the highway code change, but wants to be behind the ambulance because of the confusion of drivers and other road users,” he adds. rice field.

The communication drive is Think!, A branch of the Ministry of Transport’s traffic safety. Is started by. More activity in mid-February, late summer.

Road Minister Baroness Vert said this week that the updated highway code will make British roads safer and encourage people to “respect and consider the needs of those around them.”

London Mayor Sadiq Khan said the new instructions for road users “help make London the best city for walking and cycling in the world.”

Charity Cycling UK said the changes “must be communicated in a simple, accurate and memorable message.”

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