'Necessary changes' are needed for new Highway Code rules after major overhaul


Numerous Highway Code rules have already been added this year, looking to address road safety issues and ensure pedestrians and cyclists are protected. The Department for Transport also announced a ground-breaking move towards a “self-driving revolution”.

It contained information about how the Government plans to introduce self-driving vehicles to the roads safely, which could be seen later this year.

Many motoring organisations were concerned about whether this could lead to danger on the roads, pointing to the Government guidance.

It stated that: “The plans also include a change to current regulation, allowing drivers to view content which is not related to driving on built-in display screens, while the self-driving vehicle is in control. 

“It will however, still be illegal to use mobile phones in self-driving mode, given the greater risk they pose in distracting drivers as shown in research.”

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“It is encouraging that the Government is making the necessary changes to the Highway Code before self-driving cars take to the roads.”

It is estimated that the development of self-driving vehicles could create around 38,000 new, high-skilled jobs within Britain’s industry that would be worth £41.7billion by 2035. 

According to applied futurist Tom Cheesewright, drivers in the UK may see enormous changes to the road landscape in the coming years.

Within the next 10 years, motorists around the world will see the “decade of electrification”.

In addition to the take off of electric cars, which is already rapidly underway, eBuses and eTaxis may offer more practical options to commuters, with lower running costs and longer ranges for travel.

Mr Cheesewright also predicted what may be seen further in the future, commenting: “City dwellers will also likely pay for transport via a subscription service.

“It will be a more affordable option to owning a car, with tiered options to account for different budgets.”


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