Highway code changes for 2022!

Highway code changes for 2022!

Highway code changes for 2022!

Highway code is adding new rules to come into action on the 29th January 2022. There will be 8 new rules introduced along with 49 updates on already existing ones. The main changes will be with the hierarchy of road users split into, H1, H2, H3.

Rule H1

This rule increases the level of responsibility placed on drivers of large vehicles. They are expected to keep an eye out for more vulnerable road users.

It states that 

‘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, vans/minibusses, cars/taxis and motorcycles.”

Rule H2

Rule H2 mandates that pedestrians have the right of way when crossing or waiting to cross. This includes giving a pedestrian the right of way if you are turning into a road and a pedestrian is waiting.

Rule H3 

This one's for motorcyclists and drivers looking out for cyclists, horse riders and horse drawn vehicles. Essentially you are to not cut across cyclists, horse riders or horse drawn vehicles.  It is now recommended that you wait for a safe gap before turning into a lane or junction; failing to do so may cause the horse rider or cyclist to stop or swerve, resulting in an accident.

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