January Highway Code changes that most drivers still don’t know…

january-highway-code-changes-that-most-drivers-still-don’t-know…

January Highway Code changes that most drivers still don’t know…

January Highway Code changes that most drivers still don’t know about
2021-12-27 17:42:00
There are fears that the changes giving cyclists and pedestrians priority over drivers could create confusion and dangerous situations because only a third of motorists know about it. Surveys undertaken by the AA show that many motorists don't know about the big changes coming in January next year that will alter the way we all use the roads. The changes include a hierarchy of responsibility which will mean drivers of large vehicles bear a bigger responsibility to consider the safety of more vulnerable road users. For the latest traffic and travel news and headlines, click here. They also include new rules that mean drivers should give way to pedestrians waiting to cross the road or already crossing the road at junctions and are due to come in to force on January 29 next year. Some of the biggest changes include giving more protection and priority to cyclists who are now encouraged to ride in the middle of the road in more situations. For the latest Hull Live headlines direct to your inbox, click here. The new rules will introduce a 'hierarchy' of road users (Image: Hull Live) Edmund King, President of the AA, said: “With such fundamental changes to the Highway Code taking place to make our roads safer, we need to ensure road users understand the new rules ahead of time. “Getting the message out now would help avoid dangerous situations and remove any confusion on the roads before the new rules are adopted.” The RAC’s roads policy chief, Nicholas Lyes, said: “A concerted effort must now be made to communicate the changes to drivers because as we know, many do not read the Highway Code for long periods after passing their test. “Ultimately, the aim should be to ensure that everyone using the roads understands the new rules, because any confusion is likely to lead to avoidable collisions.” Here are four of the new rules that will be in the updated Highway Code: Rule H1 – Hierarchy of road users will see responsibility on those who could cause most harm “It is important that ALL road users are aware of The Highway Code, are considerate to other road users and understand their responsibility for the safety of others. Everyone suffers when road collisions occur, whether they are physically injured or not. “But 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 most strongly to drivers of large goods and passenger vehicles, followed by vans/minibuses, cars/taxis and motorcycles. Cyclists, horse riders and horse drawn vehicles likewise have a responsibility to reduce danger to pedestrians. “Always remember that the people you encounter may have impaired sight, hearing or mobility, and may not be able to see

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