Government consultation on changes to the Highway Code

The Government is considering making some changes to the Highway Code - these changes are designed to give greater priority to pedestrians and cyclists and enhance their safety. This is at consultation stage and we encourage our residents to respond using this link. 

The main alterations to the code being proposed are:

  • introducing a hierarchy of road users which ensures that those road users who can do the greatest harm have the greatest responsibility to reduce the danger or threat they may pose to others
  • clarifying existing rules on pedestrian priority on pavements, to advise that drivers and riders should give way to pedestrians crossing or waiting to cross the road,
  • providing guidance on cyclist priority at junctions to advise drivers to give priority to cyclists at junctions when travelling straight ahead
  • establishing guidance on safe passing distances and speeds when overtaking cyclists and horse riders

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Posted on 21/08/2020