British drivers may legally have to give way to cyclists and pedestrians when turning to make roads safer.
The Department for Transport is considering shaking-up the Highway Code to boost protection of vulnerable road users going straight on at junctions while motorists turn off.
Road safety campaigners claim the Highway Code is unclear about what drivers should do when turning.
Rule 170 of the code states that pedestrians have priority “if they have started to cross” but does not explain what should happen when someone is about to step off a pavement at the same time a vehicle arrives at a junction.
If the changes are made it would bring the UK in line with the US where pedestrians always have priority.
The government is also considering introducing the Dutch Reach technique to reduce cyclists being hit by car doors or overtaken too closely by vehicles.
Introduced in Holland about 50 years ago, the technique involves drivers opening doors using the hand furthest from the handle to force them to check over their shoulder for approaching traffic.
Last year 101 cyclists died in crashes on Britain’s roads.