DRIVERS is set to play a second game for cyclists on UK roads under a controversial change to the new Highway Code.
We explain everything you need to know about the update and other revisions to the rules of the road.
The new regulations will go into effect at the end of January, subject to parliamentary consent.
If MPs do not vote to oppose the new Code, it will automatically take effect on January 29.
AA President Edmund King said: “With such fundamental changes to the Highway code To make our roads safer, we need to make sure road users understand the new rules in advance.
“Getting the message out now will help avoid dangerous situations and remove any confusion on the road before new rules are passed.”
What is the new rule regarding cyclists?
From next month, drivers will have to give way to cyclists and pedestrians at intersections.
Previously, right-of-way was only available to cyclists and pedestrians if they were already on the road.
Cyclists will also now be advised to stay in the middle of the road and even ride “two-way” for better visibility in certain situations.
Previously, there were no official guidelines for the location of cyclists – however, many motorcyclists expect them to sit on the side of the road, near the curb.
The Highway Code 2022 has a new “road user hierarchy” which means drivers of more dangerous vehicles must be extra careful.
It stipulates that cars must be more responsible when riding bicycles and pedestrians.
Cars indicating a left or right turn will have to give way to bicyclists from behind or straight on.
And cyclists will be asked to yield to pedestrians on shared bike paths.
A Department for Transport spokesperson said: “The proposed upcoming changes to the Highway Code will improve safety for cyclists, pedestrians and horse riders.”
What other rules will be introduced?
Other important Highway Code rule changes coming next month include a ban on blink your lights at the pedestrian crossing.
In the past, the rules stated that you couldn’t wave or use a horn to invite a pedestrian to cross a zebra crossing.
Now your car’s flashing lights have been added to the list.
You should also not accelerate as this can pose a threat to pedestrians.
Car drivers must also keep any electric car charging cables out of the way of pedestrians.
When you’re stuck in traffic or moving slowly, the new rules say you should allow pedestrians to cross in front of you.
That means pedestrians crossing the street must get permission from the driver to do so.
This rule also applies to cyclists wanting to cross the street.
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