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Highway Code changes to improve safety

There has been some changes to the Highway Code from 29 January 2022. They are introduced to improve safety for people walking, cycling and horse riding. Every road user still has a responsibility to keep themselves and each other safe, and the changes mean being ready to give priority, leave space and be considerate of others.

In summary, regardless of your method of transport, a new system of order for road users has been introduced to ensure those who can do the greatest harm have the greatest responsibility to reduce the danger or threat they may be to others.

What does this mean? 

  • Giving people crossing and waiting to cross and cyclists (or people cycling) going straight ahead priority when turning in and out of junctions.
  • Giving plenty of space when passing people cycling and horse riders.
  • Making sure you are acting with responsibility and respect to all road users.

What do I need to know? 

  • You now should give people crossing and waiting to cross and cyclists going straight ahead priority when turning in and out of junctions.
  • You now should leave at least 1.5 metres when overtaking people cycling at speeds of up to 30mph, and give them more space when overtaking at higher speeds.
  • When driving, you should now pass horse riders and horse-drawn vehicles at speeds under 10 mph and allow at least 2 metres of space.
  • You should now allow at least 2 metres of space and keep to a low speed when passing a pedestrian who is walking in the road.
  • Car users should now open their doors using the 'Dutch reach' with the hand furthest from the door, to help them look over their shoulder to see cyclists or pedestrians nearby.
  • People may cycle in the centre of the lane or two abreast for their own safety, whilst allowing others to overtake when it is safe for them to do so.

It is important that all road users are aware of The Highway Code, are considerate to other road users and understand their responsibility for the safety of others.

Full details of the changes can be found at The Highway Code – GOV.UK.