Highway Code can ‘create more danger’ on the roads with rules disliked

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Experts at Claims.co.uk said around 42 percent of road users had a negative reaction to the new rules. Meanwhile, just 14.5 percent of road users had a positive reaction to the new changes which introduced a range of new features.

One of the biggest rule updates was the introduction of a ‘hierarchy of road users’ system.

George Patton, spokesperson at Claims.co.uk said the rules can “create more danger” on the roads until everyone “becomes accustomed” to the changes.

He has urged road users to always keep a copy of the Highway Code and to practice safe driving habits.

He has also urged road users to “take extra care” around pedestrians and cyclists to ensure they are not caught out by the new changes.

He said: “The Highway Code’s purpose is to keep pedestrians and road users safe.

“Yet, ironically when new rules are implemented, it can create more danger until everyone becomes accustomed to the changes.”

He added: “Pay special attention to cyclists and pedestrians.

“Whether you agree with the changes or not, the updated Highway Code is still pertinent to non-driving road users.

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“Potential dangers can be worse for these people, so ensure to take extra care around them.”

A study by YouGov found the vast majority of road users were completely unaware of the new rules.

A total of 87 percent of Britons didn’t know what date the rules changed on.

Just 13 percent correctly said they launched on January 29, with a massive 58 percent not even guessing what the date could be.

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Around 10 percent of drivers said they had heard nothing at all about the new rules changes with 35 percent saying they knew “not very much”.

Just 19 percent of road users said they knew “a great deal” about the new rules.

Ahead of the changes, the AA attacked the new rules after fears drivers were not aware of the changes.

A poll found one-third of road users did not know the Highway Code was being revamped.

A total of four percent said they had “no intention” of looking at the new details.

According to the Department for Transport, the key amendments to the code are:

  • Introducing a hierarchy of road users to ensure those 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 when travelling straight ahead.
  • Establishing guidance on safe passing distances and speeds when overtaking cyclists and horse riders.

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