Every driver in the UK needs to be aware of the new traffic rule at intersections – .

Every driver in the UK needs to be aware of the new traffic rule at intersections – .

New modifications to the highway code, in particular by placing pedestrians at the top of a new “hierarchy of road users”, were announced by the secretary of transport.
The proposed changes, which are expected to receive parliamentary approval in the fall, will also prioritize pedestrians at crosswalks and intersections, while raising awareness of the dangers of speeding.

It is part of a £ 338million program to boost cycling and walking across the country from the Department for Transport (DfT).

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The increased funding aims to encourage the public to make “sustainable travel choices” to make “the air cleaner and cities greener”.

The DfT said the investment would also be used to cover infrastructure upgrades such as the construction of hundreds of kilometers of new cycle paths.

Transportation Secretary Grant Shapps said: “Millions of us have discovered over the past year how biking and walking are great ways to stay in shape, to reduce traffic jams on the road. roads and contribute to the environment.

“As we rebuild more environmentally after the pandemic, we are determined to continue this trend by making active travel easier and safer for everyone.

“This £ 338million package marks the start of what promises to be a great summer of biking and walking, empowering more people to make those sustainable travel choices that make our air cleaner and our cities cleaner. green. “

The DfT said the new version of the Highway Code will include a “hierarchy of road users” which ensures that those who can do the most harm, such as those in vehicles, have “the greatest responsibility for reducing traffic. danger that they can represent for others ”. .

According to Cheshire Live, the DfT said: “Rule for drivers, motorcyclists, horse riders and cyclists: at a crossroads you must give way to pedestrians crossing or waiting to cross a road to which or from which you are turning. .

“You MUST yield to pedestrians on a zebra crossing, and to pedestrians and cyclists on a parallel crossing.

“Horse riders and horse-drawn vehicles should also give way to pedestrians on a zebra crossing, and to pedestrians and cyclists on a parallel crossing.

“Pedestrians have priority when they are on a zebra crossing, on a parallel crossing or at controlled traffic lights when they have a green signal.

“Cyclists must give way to pedestrians on shared-use cycle paths. Only pedestrians can use the road.

“This includes people using wheelchairs and mobility scooters. Pedestrians can use any part of the road and use the cycle lanes as well as the sidewalk, unless there are signs prohibiting pedestrians. “

The announcement was well received by the Living Streets charity, which said the proposed changes would “restore the balance” of liability to road users.

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Stephen Edwards, Acting Managing Director of Living Streets, said: “The traffic laws currently treat children who go to school and truck drivers as if they are also responsible for their own safety or that of their safety. others.

“These changes will restore that balance.

“Pedestrians are the least dangerous on the road, but they often pay the price.

“Those road users who are likely to cause the most damage should take the greatest share of responsibility for reducing the danger they pose.

“Whether we also choose to drive or cycle, we are all pedestrians. These proposed revisions will benefit us all.

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