The Highway Code

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Department for Transport
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This Highway Code applies to England, Scotland and Wales. The Highway Code is essential reading for everyone.

There’s a different version of The Highway Code for Northern Ireland.

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  1. Introduction Who The Highway Code is for, how it's worded, and the consequences of not following the rules.
  2. Rules for pedestrians (1 to 35) The Highway Code rules for pedestrians, including general guidance, crossing the road, crossings, and situations needing extra care.
  3. Rules for users of powered wheelchairs and mobility scooters (36 to 46) The Highway Code rules for powered wheelchairs and mobility scooters, including on pavements and on the road.
  4. Rules about animals (47 to 58) The Highway Code rules about animals, including horse-drawn vehicles, horse riders and other animals.
  5. Rules for cyclists (59 to 82) The Highway Code rules for cyclists, including an overview, road junctions, roundabouts and crossing the road.
  6. Rules for motorcyclists (83 to 88) The Highway Code rules for motorcyclists, including helmets, carrying passengers, daylight riding and riding in the dark.
  7. Rules for drivers and motorcyclists (89 to 102) The Highway Code rules for drivers and motorcyclists, including vehicle condition, fitness to drive, alcohol and drugs, what to do before setting off, vehicle towing and loading and seat belts and child restraints.
  8. General rules, techniques and advice for all drivers and riders (103 to 158) The Highway Code general rules, techniques and advice for all drivers and riders, including signals, stopping procedures, lighting requirements, control of the vehicle, speed limits, stopping distances, lines and lane markings, multi-lane carriageways and general advice.
  9. Using the road (159 to 203) The Highway Code rules for using the road, including general rules, overtaking, road junctions, roundabouts, pedestrian crossings and reversing.
  10. Road users requiring extra care (204 to 225) The Highway Code rules for road users requiring extra care, including pedestrians, motorcyclists and cyclists, other road users and other vehicles.
  11. Driving in adverse weather conditions (226 to 237) The Highway Code rules for driving in adverse weather conditions, including wet weather, icy and snowy weather, windy weather, fog and hot weather.
  12. Waiting and parking (238 to 252) The Highway Code rules for waiting and parking, including rules on parking at night and decriminalised parking enforcement.
  13. Motorways (253 to 273) The Highway Code rules for motorways, including rules for motorway signals, joining the motorway, driving on the motorway, lane discipline, overtaking, stopping and leaving the motorway.
  14. Breakdowns and incidents (274 to 287) The Highway Code rules for breakdowns and incidents, including rules for breakdowns, additional rules for motorways, obstructions, incidents, incidents involving dangerous goods and documentation.
  15. Road works, level crossings and tramways (288 to 307) The Highway Code rules for road works, level crossings and tramways.
  16. Light signals controlling traffic Light signals used to control traffic, including traffic light signals, flashing red lights, motorway signals and lane control signals.
  17. Signals to other road users Signals used to other road users, including direction indicator signals, brake light signals, reversing light signals and arm signals.
  18. Signals by authorised persons Signals used by authorised persons, including police officers, arm signals to persons controlling traffic, Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency officers and traffic officers and school crossing patrols.
  19. Traffic signs Traffic signs used, including signs giving orders, warning signs, direction signs, information signs and road works signs.
  20. Road markings Road markings used, including those across the carriageway, along the carriageway, along the edge of the carriageway, on the kerb or at the edge of the carriageway and other road markings.
  21. Vehicle markings Vehicle markings used, including large goods vehicle rear markings, hazard warning plates, projection markers and other markings.
  22. Annex 1. You and your bicycle An annex of The Highway Code with information and rules about you and your bicycle.
  23. Annex 2. Motorcycle licence requirements An annex of The Highway Code with information and rules about motorcycle licence requirements.
  24. Annex 3. Motor vehicle documentation and learner driver requirements An annex of The Highway Code with information and rules about motor vehicle documentation and learner driver requirements.
  25. Annex 4. The road user and the law An annex of The Highway Code with information about the road user and the law.
  26. Annex 5. Penalties An annex of The Highway Code with information and rules about penalties, including penalty points and disqualification, a penalty table, new drivers and other consequences of offending.
  27. Annex 6. Vehicle maintenance, safety and security An annex of The Highway Code with information and rules about vehicle maintenance, safety and security.
  28. Annex 7. First aid on the road An annex of The Highway Code with information about first aid on the road, including dealing with danger, getting help, helping those involved, and providing emergency care.
  29. Annex 8. Safety code for new drivers An annex of The Highway Code with information about the safety code for new drivers, including the New Drivers Act and further training.
  30. Other information Other information provided by The Highway Code including metric conversions, useful websites, further reading, the blue badge scheme and code of practice horse-drawn vehicles.
  31. Index An A to Z index of topics covered by The Highway Code.