As part of the new rules, the most vulnerable users will be given priority on the roads, mainly pedestrians, cyclists, horse riders and motorcyclists. 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.
This principle applies most strongly to drivers of large goods and passenger vehicles, followed by vans and minibuses, cars and taxis and motorcycles.
A “hierarchy of road users” will be introduced, ensuring quicker or heavier modes of travel have the greatest responsibility to reduce the danger or threat they may pose to others on the road.
Cyclists will also receive fresh guidance to ride in the centre of a lane on quieter roads, in slower-moving traffic and at the approach to junctions in order to make themselves as clearly visible as possible.
They’ll also be reminded they can ride two abreast – as has always been the case and which can be safer in large groups or with children – but they must be aware of drivers behind them and allow them to overtake if it is safe to do so.
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This has been questioned by some experts however, believing that more focus should be given to the changes now, so that everyone has time to adjust.
Mr Brooker continued, saying: “The road is a changing place and this is probably, aside from the introduction of the motorcar, this period is probably the fastest changing usage of the UK’s roads.
“Cyclists have become more prevalent because of Covid and everyone going out on bikes.
“Autonomous cars are coming in, and also the sheer volume of cars on the road, people coming back to the roads post-Covid.
“There’s a lot of things to deal with as a new driver and being aware of all of those things can be tricky.
“Remembering to look over your shoulder and doing the Dutch Reach when you’re opening the door, you can forget.”