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Self-proclaimed ‘anti-cyclist’ blasts new rules of the road as Hull reacts to Highway Code changes
2022-02-01 05:00:00
Hull residents have shared their views on the latest changes to the Highway Code. The new rules have now come into effect, resulting in both new and amended guidelines for all road users. It follows a lengthy public consultation in 2020, with the aim of improving road safety for people walking, cycling, and riding horses. More traffic and travel news here The Department for Transport have put forward eight main changes that will affect all road users moving forward and ensure a safer experience on British highways. Such rules include new road positioning for cyclists, where they can ride in the centre of their lane on quieter roads and at least 0.5m from the pavement on busier roads, but further away if possible. Cyclists will also be able to ride two abreast, rather than only in single-file, and this is encouraged, especially if accompanying less experienced riders, to improve visibility to motorists. Hull student Evie is unimpressed by the new Highway Code rules (Image: Alex Birdsall) Motorists may not overtake cyclists on a roundabout in their lane and must allow people cycling to move across their path, as they travel around the roundabout. Drivers could also be penalised for communicating on their phone behind the wheel – even just touching their phones. What are the new driving laws for 2022? Highway Code update: pedestrians, horse riders and cyclists have priority Stricter rules on mobile phone use in vehicles Local councils could enforce minor traffic offences instead of police All motorists banned from parking on pavements Speed limiters from 6 July 2022 Five-year delay on new smart motorways Driving licences to be taken off drug users Self-driving cars allowed on UK roads New clean air zones: Manchester, Bradford and more in 2022 Electric car grant cut Nurses to be able to determine if you’re fit to drive – rather than just doctors New homes to have EV charging points fitted by law in 2022 Ban on red diesel and rebated biofuel Confused.com found that more than almost three in four (72%) drivers found the new rules confusing, which can be concerning as these are put in place to help keep all road users safe. Some Hull residents have said they are “all in” with supporting the new changes, expressing that “any improvement is good” for the city. But others have said they are worried that accidents will increase following the new changes. Your Hull Live email newsletter Get the latest updates from across Hull and East Yorkshire direct to your inbox with the free Hull Live newsletters. You can sign up very simply by following the instructions here Stewart Cook, of Newland Avenue, said: “No I don't think cyclists and pedestrians getting right of way is a good thing. I think it should be fair for everyone. “I don't cycle – I'm too old now – I do drive though, but I don't use my phone in the car and I wouldn't look at it when driving either. I've never even been tempted to answer it – when I'm driving, I'm driving.” Friends and Hull residents Margaret Spencer, Diane Robinson, Janet Jopling and Kath Ward all agreed that in general they disagree with the new rules being implemented. Kath Ward shared her frustration about the new Highway Code rules expressing she believes that drivers are aware of pedestrians, but pedestrians are not helping out motorists (Image: Alex Birdsall) Kath Ward said: “It wouldn't make me more nervous as a motorist if the cyclists were in the cycle lane. What has struck me are pedestrians. “Young people weren't brought up like we were. I think the new rule is as a driver you have to think what they are going through. You see people at the side of the road traffic, so it would be difficult to judge.” While outspoken student Evie, who drives and is a self-proclaimed “anti-cyclist”, branded the new rules “b******t” – worried that the new rules will result in more accidents. Olubukola Oye, who loves walking throughout the city to do her shopping, agrees with the Highway Code changes. She said: “I agree with the new rules that are coming into place. I think pedestrians should be respected. I think the improvements will be good for the city.” Glynis, who is a lollipop lady in Newland Avenue is “pleased” by the new rules. She helps young children cross the road after they finish school and is keen to help push forward road safety for pedestrians. Glynis, a well-known lollipop lady on Newland Avenue, is pleased that the new Highway Code rules will give priority to pedestrians (Image: Alex Birdsall) One resident, who wishes to remain unnamed, said: “As a cyclist and a pedestrian you have to be aware as motorists aren't that aware of you, but equally if you are having to stop I am worried it will go too far the other way and pedestrians won't be looking and crossing safely. “It's all about learn to use the roads together.” To get the latest news from Hull Live, sign up for email updates here. Video LoadingVideo UnavailableClick to playTap to playThe video will auto-play soon8CancelPlay now

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