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post Tue, 28 Jul 2020 - 10:13
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This summary document allows for readers to easily and quickly identify the changes we are proposing following our review of The Highway Code to improve road safety for vulnerable road users. It sets out the amendments we are proposing and some of the new text that we are considering through this consultation process. It is not intended that this summary document be read instead of the main consultation document, which allows for clear comparison of current and proposed new text in The Highway Code, and provides a detailed background to the review.

The consultation document is seeking views on proposed changes to The Highway Code to improve safety for pedestrians, particularly children, older adults and disabled people, cyclists and horse riders. It is important that these groups feel safe in their interactions with other road users.

We have not undertaken a full-scale revision of The Highway Code at this time given current work under way relating to the future of transport, and how the advent of new technologies is revolutionising the way people think about how they travel. This interim review of The Highway Code, announced in October 2018, therefore focusses on the vulnerable groups mentioned above with specific consideration on overtaking, passing distances, cyclist and pedestrian priority at junctions, opening vehicle doors and responsibility of road users. There are 3 main changes that are being proposed through this consultation:

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 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, and ensuring that they have priority at junctions when travelling straight ahead
Within the chapters of this document, we have explained what the main changes are alongside the proposed new text. These changes will be reflected in the following areas of The Highway Code, the:

rules for pedestrians (Rules 1 to 19)
rules about animals (Rule 52)
rules for cyclists (Rules 59 to 82)
rules for drivers and motorcyclists (Rule 97)
general rules, techniques and advice for all drivers and riders (Rules 123 to 151)
using the road (Rules 160 to 199)
road users requiring extra care (Rules 204 to 215)
waiting and parking (Rule 239)
annex 1: you and your bicycle
annex 6: vehicle maintenance, safety and security
Your views are particularly important to us so we would encourage you to respond to this consultation. The consultation period began on 28 July 2020 and will run until midnight on 27 October 2020. Please ensure that your response reaches us before the closing date.

I am not on the "motorists's side", nor am I on the "police/CPS/council's" side, I am simply in favour of the rule of law.
No, I am not a lawyer.
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post Wed, 29 Jul 2020 - 10:58
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Most of that seems to fall into the "stating the bleedin' obvious" category, but maybe that's what is needed these days.

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