Highway Code changes

28 January 2022

From the 29 January 2022, The Highway Code is changing. The advisory changes are to improve safety for people walking, cycling and horse riding.
Every road user still has a responsibility to keep themselves and each other safe, and the changes mean being ready to give priority, leave space and be considerate of others. 

Councillor Karen Shore, Cheshire West and Chester Council, Cabinet Member for Environment, Highways & Strategic Transport said: 

“All road users should make themselves aware of the new changes that include important updates for pedestrians, cyclists and motorists.

“The changes have been designed to increase the safety for road users most likely to be injured in the event of a collision, pedestrians, cyclists, horse riders and motorcyclists.”

There is a new hierarchy of road users to ensure those who can do the greatest harm have the greatest responsibility to reduce the danger or threat they may pose to others.
This means:
  • Giving people crossing and waiting to cross and cyclists (or people cycling) going straight ahead priority when turning in and out of junctions
  • Giving plenty of space when passing people cycling and horse riders
  • And making sure we’re acting with responsibility and respect to all road 
The updated Highway Code now adds 
  • You now should give people crossing and waiting to cross and cyclists going straight ahead priority when turning in and out of junctions. 
  • You now should leave at least 1.5 metres when overtaking people cycling at speeds of up to 30mph and give them more space when overtaking at higher speeds. 
  • When driving, you should now pass horse riders and horse-drawn vehicles at speeds under 10 mph and allow at least 2 metres of space. 
  • You should now allow at least 2 metres of space and keep to a low speed when passing a pedestrian who is walking in the road. 
  • Car users should now open their doors with the hand furthest from the door, to help them look over their shoulder to see cyclists or pedestrians nearby. 
  • People may cycle in the centre of the lane or two abreast for their own safety, whilst allowing others to overtake when it is safe for them to do so
The changes can be viewed in full by visiting: www.gov.uk/dft/highway-code-changes


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