The TRACKING code is being refreshed, with the new rules going into effect later this week.
Motorists should make sure they are kept up to date with the upcoming changes on UK roads from Saturday, January 29.
Under the new Highway Code rules, motorists will be much more attentive to pedestrians and cyclists with many changes coming to impact them.
Among the new rules being applied is “decentralization of traffic”, which makes clearer where cyclists can ride on the road and where pedestrians will now have the right-of-way.
Hierarchy of traffic participants
The “hierarchy of traffic participants” is a concept that has been introduced to rank people at higher risk in the event of an accident.
The most vulnerable are at the top of the hierarchy, and it’s no surprise that it’s pedestrians.
The full “hierarchy of traffic participants” is:
- Horse rider
- Car / taxi
- Larger vehicles such as HGVs and buses
Rules for pedestrians
The next rule change is aimed at horse riders and cyclists.
If one Pedestrians are waiting to cross the street at the crossroads and drivers are turning, they must yield to pedestrians.
Rule H2 of the Highway Code states: “At an intersection, you should yield to pedestrians crossing or waiting to cross the road you are turning into or from”.
This also applies if vehicles are stuck in traffic or moving slowly – they must let pedestrians cross the street and rule 151 has been revised to reflect this.
On bicycle paths shared by pedestrians and cyclists, cyclists must yield to pedestrians.
Pedestrians are also allowed to use the bike path unless a sign prohibits this.
Rules for cyclists
The cycling law in The Highway Code there was a major overhaul.
One of the big changes revolves around clarity about where cyclists can ride on the road.
Cyclists are now accepted in the center of the roadin some cases.
Rule 72 in the Highway Code will say: “Drive in the middle of your lane, so that you can see as clearly as possible, in the following cases:
“On quiet roads or streets – if a faster car comes behind you, move left to let them pass, if you can safely do so.
“When traffic moves slower – when traffic around you begins to flow more freely
move to the left if you can safely do so so that faster vehicles behind you can
“At the approach of intersections or narrow roads, where it will not be safe for
Drive to overtake you. “
When the driver wants pass cycliststhey must leave at least 1.5 meters of space at speeds up to 30 mph.
At higher speeds, the driver should give the cyclist more space.
Drivers must not cross cyclists or horseback riders, and proceed straight ahead when planning to turn into or out of an intersection.
Rule 186 will also give priority to cyclists when it comes to traffic roundabout.
It says: “You [driver] Priority should be given to cyclists entering the roundabout.
“They will move slower than motorized traffic.
“Give them plenty of space and don’t try to overtake them in their lane.
“Allow them to move in your path as they go around the roundabout.”
Reach of the Netherlands
The Reach of the Netherlands is a safe way to open your car door from the inside.
If you’re the driver, reach for the door with your left arm in front of your chest instead of using the hand closest to the door.
The same goes for the front passenger, but they will put their right hand sideways.
This is because your body will be forced to rotate around, allowing you to see cyclists, pedestrians or other vehicles approaching from behind.
Doing this helps you observe your surroundings before opening the door, which means there are reduce the risk of collision with anyone.
Do not use your phone at the wheel
Cell phones are not allowed at any time while at the wheel.
This includes when stuck in traffic and when stopped at a red light.
Taking photos and videos, scrolling through playlists and playing games will also be banned.
The only exception to these changes is if you need to use your phone to pay for goods as you drive past or pay a toll, but only when the vehicle is stationary.
Using your phone behind the wheel can you are fined £200 and six penalty points on your license.
If the violator has passed the test within the last two years, you will lose your driver’s license.
There is a chance you could be summoned to court for using your phone while driving.
This can enforce a fine of up to £1,000, £2,500 if you are driving a bus or lorry, plus being banned from driving.
https://www.thesun.ie/motors/8259752/highway-code-2022-changes/ Highway code changes coming this week that EVERY driver needs to know