May 26, 2022
Drivers warned: fines for non-compliance with new highway code rules (shutter stock)

Drivers are warned that they could face unlimited fines and license points if they are found responsible for the collision.

The new Highway Code rules were introduced last month, meaning that drivers who do not care about cyclists and pedestrians are now subject to harsher penalties.

Unlimited fines such as driving without insurance and causing death by dangerous driving – while some crimes can include considerable jail time.

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What Are New rules?

The new rules set out road classification where cyclists, who are described as the second most dangerous on the roads, should be given more priority and now have space to occupy carriageways. Has more rights.

Cyclists are told to walk in the middle of the lane in slow-moving traffic on quiet roads and when approaching junctions or narrow roads.

The rules also state that cyclists can “use their discretion and not be obliged to use their designated lanes.”

The Highway Code now states: “You can ride twice as much and it may be safer to do so, especially in large groups or with children or less experienced riders.”

When riders travel at speeds of up to 30 miles per hour, they need to leave five feet of space when overtaking cyclists.

If there is not enough space, drivers should wait until they can safely overtake.

When turning, the driver should make sure that a cyclist passes by him first.

If the vehicle is turning around, cyclists as well as horse-drawn and horse-drawn vehicles are preferred over cars.

Mike Thompson of Leasing Options, a car rental company the sunIt is important that both cyclists and motorcyclists understand these new rules, as not following them can lead to conflict, which can lead to serious injuries and heavy fines.

“If the driver of the car is found responsible for the collision, it can be classified as reckless and reckless driving, which carries an unlimited fine and up to nine points on your license.”

According to the Highway Code Penalty Table, “If the cyclist was found guilty, they could be fined up to £ 1,000 for reckless cycling.”

What has been said?

Roads Minister Baroness Vary said: “I am proud to say that we have some of the safest roads in the world, but I am committed to making them safe for all.

“These Highway Code updates bring legislation into the 21st century, encouraging people to respect and consider the needs of the people around them, and to make all road users aware of the principles of the road. Will make sure. “

However, changes to the highway code designed to increase the safety of cyclists have been called “bonkers” in parliament.

Conservative former minister Sir Desmond Swain exempted cyclists from new advice to make themselves visible in the middle of lanes on quiet roads, in slow-moving traffic, and as they approach junctions.

Sir Desmond, MP for New Forest West in Hampshire, told Commons: “I cycle 10 hours a week and I always cycle near the curb on the narrow jungle road because I am also a driver and I adjust to the drivers. want to do. .

“The new code suggests I should ride in the middle of the carriageway, right?” Transport Minister Trudeau Harrison replied: “I would like to emphasize that this advice is only for narrow roads.

“And I’m glad he’s embracing cycling, because we also want to see half the journey to towns and cities by 2030 on foot and by bicycle.”

Nine sections of the Code have been updated, with 50 rules added or amended.

Other changes include traffic guidance when pedestrians are crossing or waiting to cross at a junction.

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