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  1. Published on: 09/01/2022 10:43 AMReported by: editor
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    Major changes are being made to the Highway Code on the 29th January 2022 subject to parlimentary approval and all road users are being strongly encouraged to read the new rules.

    A new focus around a ‘road hierarchy’ designed to give vulnerable road users a greater degree of protection and clarity provided over who has right of way at junctions.

    1. Pedestrians (in particular children, elderly adults and those with disabilities)
    2. Cyclists
    3. Horse riders
    4. Motorcyclists
    5. Cars
    6. Vans/minibuses
    7. Large passenger vehicles/HGVs

    Provides stronger priority for pedestrians at junctions and clarity of who has right of way.

    The new rule states that instead of cars having priority when they turn left or right into junctions, pedestrians crossing the road will now have priority over those vehicles.

    States that drivers must give priority to cyclists in a variety of situations.

    Most importantly, when cyclists are at junctions they ought to have priority in almost every scenario.

    The rule also gives guidance to cycle in the middle of the lane in certain situations rather than on the left hand side to allow themselves to be more visible, and advises drivers that cyclists may even occasionally ride two or three abreast to make themselves safer.

    Steve Gooding, director of motoring research charity the RAC Foundation, said:
    "The changed guidance relating to the priority to be given at junctions has the potential to be confusing.

    "Knowing that you had the right of way according to the new code is going to be little comfort if you're the one who ends up getting hurt."
    A total of 49 existing rules are to be updated with new amendments as well, including mobile phone use, minimum overtaking distances, and the introduction of speed limiters on new cars.

    The consultation proposals in detail are HERE

    The full highway code is available online at gov.uk

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  4. Tentill4 says:09/01/2022 11:45 AM
    Quote Originally Posted by editor View Post
    States that drivers must give priority to cyclists in a variety of situations.

    Most importantly, when cyclists are at junctions they ought to have priority in almost every scenario.
    Does this mean then, if I'm turning right at a set of traffic lights, and a cyclist goes through on RED, I have to give way to them???

  5. justbecause says:09/01/2022 12:04 PM
    Quote Originally Posted by editor View Post
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    Major changes are being made to the Highway Code on the 29th January 2022 subject to parlimentary approval and all road users are being strongly encouraged to read the new rules.

    A new focus around a ‘road hierarchy’ designed to give vulnerable road users a greater degree of protection and clarity provided over who has right of way at junctions.

    1. Pedestrians (in particular children, elderly adults and those with disabilities)
    2. Cyclists
    3. Horse riders
    4. Motorcyclists
    5. Cars
    6. Vans/minibuses
    7. Large passenger vehicles/HGVs

    Provides stronger priority for pedestrians at junctions and clarity of who has right of way.

    The new rule states that instead of cars having priority when they turn left or right into junctions, pedestrians crossing the road will now have priority over those vehicles.

    States that drivers must give priority to cyclists in a variety of situations.

    Most importantly, when cyclists are at junctions they ought to have priority in almost every scenario.

    The rule also gives guidance to cycle in the middle of the lane in certain situations rather than on the left hand side to allow themselves to be more visible, and advises drivers that cyclists may even occasionally ride two or three abreast to make themselves safer.

    Steve Gooding, director of motoring research charity the RAC Foundation, said:

    A total of 49 existing rules are to be updated with new amendments as well, including mobile phone use, minimum overtaking distances, and the introduction of speed limiters on new cars.

    The consultation proposals in detail are HERE

    The full highway code is available online at gov.uk
    No mention whatsoever of cyclists wearing brighter clothing to make them more visible.
    No doubt PNP will be on the lookout for a couple of friends in order to be able to take full advantage of obstructing motorists by riding three abreast.

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  7. The PNP says:09/01/2022 12:21 PM
    Quote Originally Posted by editor View Post
    A total of 49 existing rules are to be updated with new amendments as well, including mobile phone use, minimum overtaking distances, and the introduction of speed limiters on new cars.
    That for me, truly is the icing on the cake....
    At long last, an end is put to the antisocial 'foot flat to the floor' fraternity!

  8. lawed143 says:09/01/2022 12:28 PM
    Quote Originally Posted by justbecause View Post
    No mention whatsoever of cyclists wearing brighter clothing to make them more visible.
    No doubt PNP will be on the lookout for a couple of friends in order to be able to take full advantage of obstructing motorists by riding three abreast.
    By that logic, all vehicles must be painted in hi-viz colours….
    I bet you see loads of cyclists in dark clothing, at night….

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  10. lawed143 says:09/01/2022 12:41 PM
    Quote Originally Posted by Tentill4 View Post
    Does this mean then, if I'm turning right at a set of traffic lights, and a cyclist goes through on RED, I have to give way to them???
    Oh the old Rhetoric of cyclists and red lights. Regardless of the light colour, you should be looking where you are going and yes, if you find a cyclist in front of you you should stop - just like you would if a pedestrian crossed on a red man.
    Regardless of who is at fault (there is always someone on the wrong), there is never any reason not to care.

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  12. justbecause says:09/01/2022 12:45 PM
    Quote Originally Posted by The PNP View Post
    That for me, truly is the icing on the cake....
    At long last, an end is put to the antisocial 'foot flat to the floor' fraternity!
    If you had any brains whatsoever you’d understand that speed limiters CAN be overridden, if the driver chooses to do so, and believe or not, not all drivers are the “foot flat to the floor fraternity” that you try to have us believe. For all the **** that you try to spout, you should realise that we all use the same roads as you do, and we don’t constantly “see” all these imaginary racing drivers.
    Oh, and don’t forget, in your tiny mixed up world, speed limits are there to be exceeded when YOU choose to.

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  14. lawed143 says:09/01/2022 12:45 PM
    So much missing from here that could have been included,
    For example

    Pedestrians no longer have to be on a zebra or waiting to cross a side road to require traffic to give way. In both cases, traffic is required to give way.

    A cyclist approaching you from any direction (in front, behind nearside, behind offside) has priority over motorised vehicles.

    For anyone who hasn’t read the updates, I suggest you do. There are a lot of changes.

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  16. lawed143 says:09/01/2022 12:50 PM
    Quote Originally Posted by justbecause View Post
    If you had any brains whatsoever you’d understand that speed limiters CAN be overridden, if the driver chooses to do so, and believe or not, not all drivers are the “foot flat to the floor fraternity” that you try to have us believe. For all the **** that you try to spout, you should realise that we all use the same roads as you do, and we don’t constantly “see” all these imaginary racing drivers.
    Oh, and don’t forget, in your tiny mixed up world, speed limits are there to be exceeded when YOU choose to.
    Correct, and if they do override them it’s a pre-meditated decision and should be treated as such in the event of any speed related incident.

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  18. justbecause says:09/01/2022 12:50 PM
    Quote Originally Posted by lawed143 View Post
    By that logic, all vehicles must be painted in hi-viz colours….
    I bet you see loads of cyclists in dark clothing, at night….
    That’s whole point, we often DON’T see them they ride around in the dark, in dark clothing.
    As for your first utterly stupid paragraph, all cars, BY LAW must have working lights.
    Again, many cyclists don’t bother, instead, choosing to rely on sensible motorists to look out for them.

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  20. lawed143 says:09/01/2022 01:04 PM
    Quote Originally Posted by justbecause View Post
    That’s whole point, we often DON’T see them they ride around in the dark, in dark clothing.
    As for your first utterly stupid paragraph, all cars, BY LAW must have working lights.
    Again, many cyclists don’t bother, instead, choosing to rely on sensible motorists to look out for them.
    How can you “often don’t see them”…you either see them or you don’t…..
    If you see them it’s not a problem, if you don’t see them - they’re not there or you’re not concentrating….
    So it’s ok for me to be in black clothing at night with lights. What’s the issue with clothing.? You’re victim blaming.

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  22. justbecause says:09/01/2022 01:16 PM
    Quote Originally Posted by lawed143 View Post
    How can you “often don’t see them”…you either see them or you don’t…..
    If you see them it’s not a problem, if you don’t see them - they’re not there or you’re not concentrating….
    So it’s ok for me to be in black clothing at night with lights. What’s the issue with clothing.? You’re victim blaming.
    You are very quickly becoming, not only as bigoted as PNP, but equally as stupid.
    And, for your information, I won’t take any advice, re motoring issues from a half wit like you.

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  24. lawed143 says:09/01/2022 01:22 PM
    Quote Originally Posted by justbecause View Post
    You are very quickly becoming, not only as bigoted as PNP, but equally as stupid.
    And, for your information, I won’t take any advice, re motoring issues from a half wit like you.
    For someone who claims to be associated with IAM/Roadsmart you seem to have a very poor attitude. If you are the quality of the people they trust to train drivers, we are in a very bad state of affairs. You blame a cyclist for wearing black at night with lights for you not seeing them and then have the audacity when called out on it call me bigoted and a half wit. You turn to insults rather than discussion. Your attitude stinks.

  25. Stuartli says:09/01/2022 01:26 PM
    Quote Originally Posted by The PNP View Post
    That for me, truly is the icing on the cake....
    At long last, an end is put to the antisocial 'foot flat to the floor' fraternity!
    Yet again you demonstrate that you just don't have a clue what you are talking about, whilst still revealing your obsessive hatred of all four wheel drivers and their vehicles.

    Speed limiters are nothing new in vehicles, in fact they've been around for decades.

    You set them to the maximum speed limit of any particular road or area and, in the majority of situations unless in an emergency, they will prevent exceeding the speed limit. That's the difference between them and cruise control, which aims to maintain a set speed.

  26. justbecause says:09/01/2022 01:34 PM
    Quote Originally Posted by lawed143 View Post
    For someone who claims to be associated with IAM/Roadsmart you seem to have a very poor attitude. If you are the quality of the people they trust to train drivers, we are in a very bad state of affairs. You blame a cyclist for wearing black at night with lights for you not seeing them and then have the audacity when called out on it call me bigoted and a half wit. You turn to insults rather than discussion. Your attitude stinks.
    You couldn’t be more wrong, I’m an extremely tolerant person, however I don’t suffer fools.
    Incidentally, in my very first post, I stated that in the new HC regulations, that there is no mention about cyclists wearing bright clothing in order to make them more visible.
    It is you that has changed the subject on its head my saying it’s ok for cyclists to wear dark clothing if they have lights on.


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