CHANGING the Highway Code could result in motorists being fined £1,000 for opening the wrong door.
The new rule is meant to protect cyclists – and will apply to passengers as well.
Instead of using the nearest doorknob to get out of the car, motorists are being encouraged to practice a technique called ‘Dutch Reach’.
It instructs people getting out of the car to approach the handle using the arm furthest away from the door.
For example, the driver would use their left arm to open the door while the front passenger would use their right arm.
While doing so, the motion should act as a reminder to the exiting vehicle to turn around and check for oncoming cyclists.
The new section under rule 239 states: “If you are able to do so, you should open the door with the hand opposite the door you are opening; for example, use your left hand to open the door on the right. -face hand.
“This will cause you to turn your head to look over your shoulder. You are then more likely to avoid injury to cyclists or motorcyclists passing you on the road or to people on the sidewalk.”
Opening the door to cyclists and causing injury can result in fines of up to £1,000.
Cyclists in the UK are estimated at least 500 people are injured each year in the UK from car doors being left open on their way.
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It comes as UK drivers face a £200 fine for using a mobile phone while driving under a law change this month.
Under new lawDrivers will not be allowed to hold any mobile devices while driving as of March 25.
Texting or calling while driving is already illegal, but new rules close gray areas when it comes to music streaming and take pictures.
A Supreme Court judgment in 2019 ruled that driving is only committed when the phone is used to perform an “interactive communication function”.
That includes making calls or sending texts rather than a standalone function like recording video.
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