As more people take to the roads, an increased number of accidents and collisions are happening. The following statistics highlight the importance of The Highway Code changes.
Despite the pandemic, in the UK during 2020:
- 141 cyclists were killed, and 4,215 were injured
- 80% of 1,010 horse incidents were caused by cars
- 1,460 fatal road accidents involving pedestrians
With this in mind, car leasing experts, Nationwide Vehicle Contracts, has compiled the eight fundamental changes introduced to the Highway Code and what they mean for road users.
What is the highway code?
The Highway Code is a set of information, guidelines and mandatory rules for road users in the UK to promote road safety. It applies to all road users, including drivers, motorcyclists, cyclists, pedestrians and horse riders. It provides information on road signs, road markings, vehicle markings, and road safety.
Many rules in the Highway Code are legal requirements, and disobeying them is a criminal offence. You may be fined, given penalty points on your licence, or a driving ban. In the most severe circumstances, you may be sent to prison.
The Highway Code is put together by the Driving Standards Agency and the Department for Transport. It was first published in 1931 and is available electronically and as a printed book. The Highway Code is regularly updated to reflect current practices. All motorists and road users must read and understand the guidelines set out within it, including pedestrians and cyclists.