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Download our guide on the recent Highway Code changes


Download our guide on the recent Highway Code changes.

We have recently seen a new set of Highway Code changes set to be adopted as law. This will have an impact on all drivers and could even expose fleet operators to negligence claims as more responsibility will fall to drivers.

- New Hierarchy of Road Users to be introduced

- Puts more responsibility on drivers of larger vehicles

- Pedestrians given higher priority

- 8 new rules introduced

- 49 updates to existing rules


Among the changes is a new ‘Hierarchy of Road Users’ that will prioritise vulnerable road users, such as cyclists and pedestrians. The most fundamental change of principle is the inclusion of a Hierarchy of Road Users designed to place road users in order of potential harm.

The aim is to improve safety for vulnerable road users (VRUs), in particular pedestrians, cyclists and horse riders. The updated text states that "those in charge of vehicles that can cause the greatest harm in the event of a collision bear the greatest responsibility to take care and reduce the danger they pose to others."

In order of the potential to cause harm, the hierarchy can be represented as follows:

- Large vehicles/HGVs

- Vans/minibuses

- Cars/taxis

- Motorcyclists

- Horse riders

- Cyclists

- Pedestrians


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