DRIVERS have just one week left before the new road rules come into effect, with fines of up to £1,000 for breaking the updated rules.
The changes to the Highway Code will go into effect next Saturday (January 29), and motorists could face hefty fines if they don’t follow the updated rules
Some Highway Codes are enforced by law – meaning you could face fines, penalty points, or even jail.
Other rules you should follow are not legally binding.
However, if you break them, you could find yourself breaking the law, for example by dangerous or careless driving.
We explain what rules will come next week so you can drive safely and avoid fines.
Hierarchy of traffic participants
One of the key changes to be introduced next week is a new “road user hierarchy,” giving more priority to cyclists and pedestrians than car drivers.
This means that drivers should give way to pedestrians waiting to cross the road they are turning into.
Cars that want to turn left or right will now have to give way to cyclists behind who want to go straight.
When drivers pass a cyclist, they must leave a gap of at least 1.5 meters at speeds up to 30 km/h.
If you are driving above 30 mph, you must provide extra space for cyclists, although no specific distance has been given.
There will also be additional rules for drivers and cyclists using detours.
🔵 Read our Highway Code rule change blog for the latest updates
Allow pedestrians to cross
If a motorist is stuck in traffic – or moving slowly – the new Highway Code 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 who want to cross the street.
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 that your flashing lights have been added to the list, you shouldn’t ramp up the throttle either as this could intimidate pedestrians.
Other rules about using your phone
Everyone knows that are on the phone or texting while you are driving is an offense, and has been going on for a long time.
Anyone doing that risks being fined up to £200.
But from next week, motorists will be banned from using their phones in other circumstances, such as taking pictures or recording videos.
Drivers will also not be able to scroll through playlists or play games while on the go.
Be careful when opening the door
A new addition to the Highway Code for 2022 will describe the safest way motorists should open their car doors from the inside – or risk a £1,000 fine.
Rule 239 would state: “If you are able to do so, you should open the door with the hand on the opposite side of the door you are opening; for example, use your left hand to open the door on the right. .
“This will make you turn your head to look over your shoulder.
If an accident is caused by opening a car door and hitting someone passing by, you may have to pay a fine.
Injuring someone by opening your car door can resulting in fines of up to £1,000.
https://www.thesun.ie/motors/8246621/learn-highway-code-new-rules-2022-one-week-fines/ Motorists have ONE WEEK to learn new rules on the road and avoid a £1,000 fine