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Calls for a ‘universal’ junction rule change!

British Cycling along with The AA and pedestrian groups are strongly calling for a ‘universal’ rule to give way when turning to create safer junctions for road users.

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The groups suggesting the changes propose consolidating and strengthening existing rules in the Highway Code, so that whether you are in a car or on a bike, you clearly will be obliged to give way when turning to people who are going straight ahead.

The Highway Code, that has not been fully refreshed for nine years, contains 14 rules about junctions currently but fails to cover all situations and is not sufficiently clear. For example, Rule 170 requires drivers to give way to pedestrians already crossing, but there is no direct equivalent rule regarding cyclists. The new proposal by British Cycling used for the bid to make British junctions safer, is currently based on successful, existing models in countries such as the Netherlands, Denmark, and Sweden.

The changes would see:

• Drivers turning at a junction giving way to people cycling and walking who may be on your nearside, or crossing the road you wish to turn into.

• Cyclists turning at a junction giving way to people walking who are crossing the road you wish to turn into.

• Pedestrians getting increased protection when crossing a side road or other junction.

The change to the Highway Code would not require lengthy or complex legislation. The amendment would simply need to be agreed by the Department for Transport as part of an update of the Highway Code before being 'laid' before Parliament.

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