Changes to the Highway Code affecting all road users come into force on Saturday 29 January: are you ready?
Following a review of the Highway Code, the government has introduced new measures to improve road safety for everyone.
Changes to the Highway Code will introduce a new hierarchy of road users to ensure drivers take more responsibility for the safety of all road users, and in particular, the safety of vulnerable road users – children, pedestrians, disabled or elderly people, cyclists and horse riders.
Adam Pipe, Head of Roads Policing, said:
“Cyclists and pedestrians are vulnerable road users, but the changes mean that they will have a new priority at junctions other drivers may not be aware of.
“Drivers and riders should give way to cyclists when turning in or out of a junction so that you do not cause them to stop or swerve if they are going straight ahead.
“They should be given as much priority as vehicles when you are changing lanes, so you should not cut across them.
“Cyclists should also be given priority at roundabouts meaning other drivers must give them sufficient space and even stop and give them time to exit the roundabout before entering. You need to leave a distance of at least 1.5 metres when overtaking cyclists.”
New rules involving cyclists include:
• Drivers and riders should give way to any cyclists in a cycle lane • Do not cut across them when turning or when changing lane • You should give way to cyclists using the cycle track when turning in or out of a junction • Drivers and riders must allow a suitable distance between themselves and a cyclist • Do not attempt to overtake them within their lane on a roundabout
“Another change for everyone to be aware of is that all drivers, riders and cyclists must give way to pedestrians crossing or waiting to cross the road. If a pedestrian has started to cross the road you want to turn into, you will have to wait as they have priority.
“Cyclists using cycle lanes must also stop and give way to pedestrians who are crossing the track.
“I understand it is a new way of using the roads, but it has been introduced to keep everyone safe and will support our efforts to reduce serious and fatal collisions. By 2040 we want to achieve Vision Zero, where we have no fatal collisions here in Essex.”
Anyone who captures poor or dangerous driving on their dash cam footage can upload it to Extra Eyes to help us identify and deal with offenders.