New UK Highway Code changes to come into effect

January 28, 2022
January 28, 2022

Several new changes to the Highway Code will come into effect from 29th January 2022 as drivers of larger and heavier vehicles are urged to take more responsibility and reduce the threat posed to other drivers, cyclists and pedestrians.

The updated code changes will force greater responsibility on larger heavier vehicles should they be involved in a collision on Britain’s roads.

Updated Highway Code January 29th 2022:

People driving on UK roads or riding a motorcycle must give priority to people cycling on roundabouts and should:

  • Not attempt to overtake people cycling within that person’s lane
  • Allow people cycling to move across their path as they travel around the roundabout

A new hierarchy will also be updated to the Highway Code as part of the upcoming changes. The new shake up in rules is to help increase the safety of drivers, cyclists and pedestrians on Britain’s roads.

Those who are most vulnerable and at a risk during a road collision will be placed at the top of the new hierarchy.

The new hierarchy is as follows:

  • Pedestrians
  • Cyclists
  • Horse Riders
  • Motorcyclists
  • Cars/Taxis
  • Vans/Minibuses
  • Large passenger vehicles/HGV

Additional new rules will also change how drivers and cyclists use junctions. If pedestrians are crossing or waiting to cross at a junction, other traffic should give way.  

If pedestrians have already started crossing and traffic is wanting to turn into the road, the pedestrians crossing have priority and the traffic should give way.


For further information on the Highway Code and to the view the full list of changes, please visit GOV.

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