Consultation outcome

Review of The Highway Code to improve safety on motorways and high-speed roads

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Review of The Highway Code to improve safety on motorways and other high-speed roads: Response to the Consultation

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Document laid before Houses of Parliament proposing changes to The Highway Code

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Document laid before Houses of Parliament – explanatory memorandum

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Supporting information to the proposed changes to The Highway Code – rule wording

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Detail of outcome

We have used your feedback to the consultation to update our proposed changes to The Highway Code and produce a revised version to lay before both Houses of 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

The outcome of the consultation was released on 18 June 2021.

Detail of feedback received

We received over 3,210 submissions to our consultation on the ‘Review of The Highway Code to improve safety on motorways and other high-speed roads’. The report ‘Review of The Highway Code to improve safety on motorways and other high-speed roads: Response to the Consultation’ summarises the responses raised by individuals and organisations in response to each of the 40 consultation questions.

Original consultation

Summary

Proposes amending The Highway Code to improve safety on motorways and high-speed roads.

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Consultation description

This consultation seeks views on proposed changes to The Highway Code to improve safety for users of motorways and high-speed roads.

The proposed changes include new and additional guidance on:

  • the availability, appearance, and safe use of emergency areas
  • the use of variable speed limits to manage congestion
  • the use of the red ‘X’ sign to close lanes and provide a safer area for the people and vehicles involved in incidents and roadworks
  • the use of hard shoulders that become extra lanes during periods of congestion
  • how road users can help keep themselves safe in the event of a breakdown
  • how safety cameras are employed to promote compliance with speed limits and lane closures

Documents

Review of The Highway Code to improve safety on motorways and high-speed roads

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Published 1 March 2021
Last updated 29 June 2021 + show all updates
  1. Added 3 additional documents as laid before the Houses of Parliament.

  2. Outcome of the consultation added.

  3. First published.