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DFT — Review of The Highway Code to improve road safety for cyclists, pedestrians and horse riders

Deadline 27 October 2020

The UK Department for Transport (DfT) has launched a consultation to ‘Review of The Highway Code to improve road safety for cyclists, pedestrians and horse riders’.

The main alterations to the code being proposed are:

  • introducing a hierarchy of road users which ensures that those road users who can do the greatest harm have the greatest responsibility to reduce the danger or threat they may pose to others,
  • clarifying existing rules on pedestrian priority on pavements, to advise that drivers and riders should give way to pedestrians crossing or waiting to cross the road,
  • providing guidance on cyclist priority at junctions to advise drivers to give priority to cyclists at junctions when travelling straight ahead,
  • establishing guidance on safe passing distances and speeds when overtaking cyclists and horse riders.

The deadline for responses is Tuesday 27 October. For more details on the consultation and to respond please visit the DfT website.

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