The Highway Code

Updates: The Highway Code

2017

published amendments

Annex 7. First aid on the road
Updated the guidance on providing emergency care with the help of St John Ambulance, the British Heart Foundation and the British Red Cross.

published amendments

Annex 5. Penalties
Updated the penalty table to increase penalty points for using a hand-held mobile phone when driving from 3 to 6.

2016

published amendments

General rules, techniques and advice for all drivers and riders (103 to 158)
Rule 148 updated to include the information on it being offence in Scotland for anyone aged 18 or over to smoke in a private motor vehicle (unless it is parked and being used as living accommodation) when there is someone under 18 in the vehicle and the vehicle is in a public place. Also a link to the legislation has been added.

published amendments

Annex 8. Safety code for new drivers
Updated the Pass Plus email address to passplus@dvsa.gov.uk

published amendments

Index
New section added.

published amendments

Road users requiring extra care (204 to 225)
Updated Rule 209 to add an image of the school bus road sign.

2015

published amendments

Rules for drivers and motorcyclists (89 to 102)
New section added.
2 March 2015 : Updated rule 96 to reflect the change in law that you MUST NOT drive if you have illegal drugs or certain medicines in your blood above specified limits.
5 December 2014: Updated rule 95 to reflect the change in law for lower drink drive limits in Scotland.
General rules, techniques and advice for all drivers and riders (103 to 158)
New section added.
1 October 2015: Updated rule 148 to include that you MUST NOT smoke in a private vehicle carrying under 18s.
6 April 2015: Updated the national speed limit for goods vehicles (of more than 7.5 tonnes maximum laden weight) in England and Wales on single carriageways from 40 miles per hour (mph) to 50mph, and on dual carriageways from 50mph to 60mph.
2 September 2014: Updated rule 147 about throwing things out of a vehicle from 'should not' to 'MUST NOT'.
2 April 2014: Changed 'Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA)' to 'Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA)' in rule 107.
Using the road (159 to 203)
New section added.
Annex 8. Safety code for new drivers
New section added.
Introduction
New section added.
On GOV.UK, The Highway Code now includes a list of updates. All updates made after 1 October 2015 will show on this list as and when they’re made. These are the updates that were made between 1 January 2014 and 1 October 2015.
Road users requiring extra care (204 to 225)
New section added.
Motorways (253 to 273)
New section added.
Annex 2. Motorcycle licence requirements
New section added.
Waiting and parking (238 to 252)
New section added.
Vehicle markings
New section added.
Rules for cyclists (59 to 82)
New section added.
Signals by authorised persons
New section added.
Annex 3. Motor vehicle documentation and learner driver requirements
New section added.
8 June 2015: Removed references to needing a paper counterpart to the photocard driving licence.
1 October 2014: Removed references of needing to display a tax disc in vehicles following their abolition.
Annex 1. You and your bicycle
New section added.
Annex 6. Vehicle maintenance, safety and security
New section added.
Road works, level crossings and tramways (288 to 307)
New section added.
Annex 7. First aid on the road
New section added.
Annex 5. Penalties
New section added.
5 June 2015: Updated the penalty table to remove the £5,000 limit on fines for the most serious offences.
Breakdowns and incidents (274 to 287)
New section added.
Traffic signs
New section added.
Other information
New section added.
Rules for users of powered wheelchairs and mobility scooters (36 to 46)
New section added.
Road markings
New section added.
Driving in adverse weather conditions (226 to 237)
New section added.
Annex 4. The road user and the law
New section added.
Signals to other road users
New section added.
Rules for pedestrians (1 to 35)
New section added.
Light signals controlling traffic
New section added.
Rules about animals (47 to 58)
New section added.
Rules for motorcyclists (83 to 88)
New section added.