Pedestrians get more power on the road in new rules to be enacted next week

Drivers will have to yield to pedestrians in new locations under the new Highway Code.

The new rules go into effect on January 29, 2022 and will show pedestrians have more power on the road than before.

Pedestrians will have more crossing power


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According to the present Highway code, motorists must only stop for pedestrians when they are crossing the street on a pelican or zebra.

However, all these rules are about to change with the Highway Code “hierarchy of traffic participants”.

The hierarchy will see who is most vulnerable in the event of an accident.

Pedestrians top the list, followed by cyclists and horseback riders right behind them.

Larger vehicles, such as HGVs, are below and need to be extra vigilant for other people on the road.

The new hierarchy of road users is:

  1. Walker
  2. Biker
  3. Horse rider
  4. Motorcyclists
  5. Car / Taxi
  6. Truck/minibus
  7. Larger vehicles like HGVs and buses

All of them Pedestrians below must now give way in new places.

Pedestrians will now be given priority when cross the road at the junction.

Motorists will have to let them cross if they see them waiting, even if it slows down your journey.

This rule also applies if the vehicles are stuck in traffic, or moving slowly, the vehicle operator must allow pedestrians to cross the road.

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

Not only pedestrians but the rules will change.

Cyclists will also have more power on UK roads as they are high up in the hierarchy, below pedestrian-only.

Any vehicle that intends to turn left or right will have to yield to cyclists behind and intending to go straight.

Motorcyclists must also leave at least 1.5 meters of clearance when passing cyclists at speeds up to 30 mph, and additional space must be left at speeds higher than 30 km/h.

There was previously no cyclist lane placement in the Highway Code, but under the new regulation, cyclists must stay in the middle of the road.

This is six big changes to the Highway Code by 2022.

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