DO YOU know the new highway code?
What did The Sun say yesterday? millions of drivers Didn’t know about the rule changes for our roads going into effect over the weekend.
From Saturday driver must yield to pedestrians and cyclists when turning on a side street.
This new “road rider hierarchy” is designed to protect those most at risk.
But angry driver claim that it gives cyclists the freedom of restraint to break the rules.
And the Government is under fire from all sides for not making this change public.
The most controversial measure is the advice for cyclists to “keep in the middle of your lane” when it is safe to do so.
Groups advocating for the changes say cyclists have long been advised to do this.
Here, representatives of the bicycle and car groups each give their views.
We also explain some major changes.
For full details, see Highwaycodeuk.co.uk.
‘My view is that these new rules will endanger lives rather than make our roads safer’
Howard Cox Co-Founder of FairFuel UK
My view is that these new regulations will endanger lives rather than make our roads safer.
It is advised that drivers should be at least 1.5 meters away from cyclists when passing, regardless of speed and conditions.
I rode my bike in a rural area where the lanes were narrow and I cursed at motorists who got too close. If traffic is slow, a distance of one meter is safe.
At 60mph, it isn’t.
Telling cyclists to stay in the middle of the road makes no sense.
It will cause road rage and more emissions due to rear-seat cars lining up jams.
Drivers should look behind when opening the car door.
All road users must realize that there are many blind spots for heavy vehicle operators.
Drivers will see a new code that most of them don’t even know about.
These new regulations are not fair to motorists. In a consultation of 21,000 people, 16,000 came from the cycle corridor.
We should work together to find a rule that is fair to all road users, not just cyclists.
‘The rules are common sense and place BIGGER responsibility on our cyclists, not less’ – Duncan Dollimore – Campaign Lead Cycling UK
The new code is common sense and helps clear up confusion.
If you’re driving a large truck, you have more responsibilities than a seven-year-old on the sidewalk.
It does not say pedestrians or cyclists are not responsible. In fact, this places greater responsibility on cyclists.
Cyclists have been advised to stay in the middle of the lane under certain circumstances for many years under the Government-supported Cycleability program, formerly Cycling Mastery.
It won’t slow anyone down if I choose the center lane position when we’re all traveling at the same speed.
The new code only tells the driver about this instruction.
Another big problem is that the current Highway Code requires drivers to leave as much space for cyclists as they give cars when overtaking.
This leads to different interpretations.
“The one and a half meter distance rule is a ‘guideline’ and will depend on different situations, such as when both are backing away from a traffic light.
“All road user groups agree that the government should do more to promote these new rules before they come into force.
“These changes have legal significance on the day they appear and the public has a right to know about them.”
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