New Highway Code To Rule That Motorists Should Cede Priority To Pedestrians And Cyclists – Forbes
Carlton Reid Jul 29, 2021
Revisions to the Highway Code—the U.K. road safety manual first published in 1931—will result in motorists being officially relegated in the pecking order on Britain’s roads. Pedestrians will be at the top of a new road user hierarchy with motorists—who have the most potential to harm other road users—being told they now have the greatest responsibility to reduce the danger they pose to others.
This new hierarchy could have significant ramifications in future court cases involving motorists hitting cyclists and pedestrians.
The new Highway Code, subject to approval from parliament when MPs return from summer recess, will introduce strengthened pedestrian priority on sidewalks and when they are crossing or waiting to cross a road.