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Highway Code rules change in full – How new driving rules affect YOU

As part of the Government’s plan to boost cycling and walking, several changes to The Highway Code have been announced. The planned update is expected to get parliamentary approval in the autumn, and a new version of The Highway Code is due to be released.
The Department for Transport (DfT) has plugged £338million into its package to boost cycling and walking across the country.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said: “Millions of us have found over the past year how cycling and walking are great ways to stay fit, ease congestion on the roads and do your bit for the environment.

“As we build back greener from the pandemic, we’re determined to keep that trend going by making active travel easier and safer for everyone.

“This £338million package marks the start of what promises to be a great summer of cycling and walking, enabling more people to make those sustainable travel choices that make our air cleaner and cities greener.”

What are the new Highway Code rules?
According to the Department for Transport, the three main proposed changes to the Highway Code are:

The introduction of a hierarchy of road users ensures that road users “who can do the greatest harm” will have the “greatest responsibility to reduce the danger or threat they may pose to others”.

Clarification of the existing rules on pedestrian priority on pavements, and that “drivers and riders should give way to pedestrians crossing or waiting to cross the road”.
Establishing guidance on “safe passing distances and speeds when overtaking cyclists or horse riders”, as well as ensuring they have “priority at junctions when travelling straight ahead”.