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Feedback, analysis and outcome of the Review of The Highway Code consultation. The next steps are:
- Using the consultation responses, we will work with relevant stakeholders to finalise the alterations to The Highway Code and produce a revised version to lay before Parliament.
- We will lay the revised version of The Highway Code before Parliament for a period of 40 days.
- Subject to Parliamentary approval, we will work with the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) to update The Highway Code.
- Online and hard copy versions of the revised code will be produced.
In conjunction with the consultation, we commissioned research on sharing our roads, including seeking views on some of the proposed changes.
The outcome of the consultation was released on 30 July 2021.
Consultation seeking views on proposed changes to The Highway Code to improve safety for vulnerable road users, particularly:
- horse riders
The main alterations to the code being proposed are:
- introducing a hierarchy of road users to ensure those 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 to advise that drivers and riders should give way to pedestrians crossing or waiting to cross the road
- providing guidance on cyclist priority at junctions to advise drivers to give priority when travelling straight ahead
- establishing guidance on safe passing distances and speeds when overtaking cyclists and horse riders