Highway Code: £1,000 fine for drivers who open door with wrong hand – standard.co.uk
A new rule will see drivers fined £1,000 if they open the door with the wrong hand, as the Highway Code is updated.
The ‘Dutch Reach’ requires drivers to use the hand furthest the door to open it to ensure cyclists are not injured.
Those sitting behind the wheel are required to use their left hand, while passengers would use their right.
Drivers and passengers must adhere to the new rule to protect cyclists instead of blindly opening a door, which campaign group Cycling UK estimates can injure up to 500 people every year in the UK.
The rationale behind the move is opening the door with the hand furthest away prompts the driver to turn their body towards the door and look over their shoulder as they exit the vehicle.