Explanation of the new highway code hierarchy

DRIVERS will soon have to give extra priority to cyclists on UK roads.

The new rule coming into effect will mean drivers won’t have much power on the road when it comes to cyclists.

Cyclists now have more power over vehicles


Cyclists now have more power over vehicles

New regulations coming into effect this month will mean motorists need to be more aware than ever of cyclists on the road.

Previously in the Highway Code, no road locations for cyclists were mentioned, and they only got priority if they were already on the road.

But from January 29, 2022, a new National Highway Code will come into effect.

This indicates that cars turning left or right on the roadway will have to give way to any cyclists behind and intending to go straight.

The driver always has to leave 1.5 meters of space between their vehicle and cyclists when overtaking at speeds up to 30 mph.

Bicyclists must ride in the middle of the road instead of on the left.

When it comes to roundabouts, cyclists must not overtake and there must be plenty of space, the new Highway Code says.

Drivers should also give way to bicyclists at roundabouts because they move at a much slower speed than vehicles.

What is the Highway Code Hierarchy?

The “hierarchy of road users” is a concept that ranks road users in order of who is most at risk in the event of an accident.

It’s no surprise that pedestrians are at the top of the pack, as they may cause the least harm on the road but are very prone to accidents.

Follow Highway Code Hierarchy, the people higher on the list must be wary of all the people lower on the list.

Drivers of any vehicles deemed more dangerous, such as buses and HGVs, must now be extra careful on the road.

The new Highway Code hierarchy is as follows:

  1. Walker
  2. Biker
  3. Horse rider
  4. Motorcyclists
  5. Car / taxi
  6. Truck/minibus
  7. Large passenger vehicles or express delivery vehicles such as buses and HGV

Drivers will also be available give way to pedestrians when they were crossing the street.

Car drivers will no longer have priority at intersections and will have to leave pedestrians crossing the street if they are waiting.

The new Highway Code reads: “‘At an intersection, you should give way to a pedestrian crossing or wait to cross the street you are turning into.”

In traffic jams or on slow-moving roads, pedestrians and cyclists may cross in front of motorists.

Pedestrian rules already in place on the roads – such as those that use zebra crossings, crossings, and signal-controlled pelican crossings – will be kept intact.

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