What are the new highway code rules and who has priority at roundabouts

The new Highway Code rules for 2022 will come into effect on January 29, 2022.

New rules have been introduced to make UK roads safer for everyone on them.

Drivers need to watch out for cyclists at roundabouts


Drivers need to watch out for cyclists at roundaboutsCredit: Alamy

What are the new Highway Code rules?

The Highway Code is being revised with changes starting January 29, 2022.

There are a bunch of new rules that all road users need to know – otherwise they risk fines and penalty points on their licence.

As part of the changes, both cyclists and pedestrians will have more power on the road.

In addition, vehicles will have to give way in new places.

We round up the rules you need to know.

Hierarchy of traffic participants

Now there will be a “hierarchy of road users“which ranks road users according to who can cause the most damage.

Pedestrians are the most vulnerable and least likely to cause accidents on UK roads.

Larger vehicles, such as HGVs and buses, are considered the most likely to cause harm and extreme care must be taken.

The “hierarchy of traffic participants” is as follows:

  1. Walker
  2. Biker
  3. Horse rider
  4. Motorcyclists
  5. Car / taxi
  6. Truck/minibus
  7. Large passenger vehicles or express delivery vehicles such as buses and HGV

Give way on the road

Drivers must give way pedestrians at the intersection.

The Highway Code will state: “At an intersection, you should yield to pedestrians crossing or waiting to cross the road you are turning into.”

Vehicle drivers must also let pedestrians cross if they are stuck in traffic or moving slowly.

Updated rules for cyclists

In previous versions of the Highway Code, it was never stated where cyclists should go on the road, with most riding on the left hand side near the curb.

It has now become clearer that cyclists can stay in the middle of the road at certain times, such as empty roads or to avoid any parked cars.

In addition, cars that want to turn left or right will have to give way to cyclists approaching from behind and planning to go straight.

Who has priority at the roundabout?

Cyclists and will now be priority at roundabout.

Drivers will not be able to pass cyclists as they go around the roundabout.

Highway Code Rule 187 states: You [drivers] Priority should be given to cyclists entering the roundabout. They will move slower than motorized traffic.

“Give them plenty of room and don’t try to overtake them in their lane. Allow them to move through your path as they go around the roundabout.

“Biker, horse rider and carriages may stay in the left lane when they intend to continue through or around the roundabout and must signal to the right to let you know that they will not leave the roundabout.

“Drivers should take extra care when entering a roundabout to make sure they don’t cut across cyclists, riders or carriages in the left lane who are continuing around the roundabout.”

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