Changes to the Highway Code

2022 Highway Code changes: Do you know the new road rules?

2022 Highway Code changes: Do you know the new road rules?

Ten sections of The Highway Code have been updated, with 50 rules being added or amended, which came into effect on January 29th 2022.

These changes include:

New hierarchy of road users – Drivers of vehicles that can cause the greatest harm in the event of a collision bear the greatest responsibility to take care and reduce the danger to others. This principle applies most strongly to drivers of HGVs, LGVs, cars/taxis and motorcycles.

New priority for pedestrians at junctions – The clarified code gives priority to pedestrians crossing or waiting to cross a junction. Additionally, if pedestrians have started crossing and traffic wants to turn into the road, the people crossing have priority. Drivers, motorcycle riders and cyclists must also give way to people on a zebra crossing and those (including cyclists) on a parallel crossing.

New priority for cyclists when cars are turning – Drivers should not cut across cyclists going ahead when turning into or out of a junction or changing direction or lane. This applies whether they are using a cycle lane, a cycle track, or riding ahead on the road and drivers should give way to them.

According to the Department for Transport, 21,000 people were consulted and submitted views about the proposed changes, with the majority supporting all of them.

Roads Minister Baroness Vere said: “I’m proud to say we have some of the safest roads in the world, but I’m determined to make them safer still for everyone.

“These updates to The Highway Code will do just that by bringing the rules into the 21st century, encouraging people to respect and consider the needs of those around them, and ensuring all road-users know the rules of the road.”

Go to The Highway Code updates list on GOV.UK to view a summary of all of the changes.

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