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The Highway Code: Eight changes you need to know from

Rules for all types of road users have been updated in the Highway Code to improve the safety of people walking, cycling and riding horses. The changes follow a consultation which received more than 20,000 responses from the public, businesses, and other organisations – most of whom were in favour of all the proposed changes.

Changes include a new ‘hierarchy of road users’ which places users most at risk in the event of a collision at the top of the hierarchy. Drivers now need to give way at junctions to pedestrians and people on cycles or horses must leave a distance of at least 1.5 metres when overtaking cyclists. It also advises people to use the Dutch Reach method when getting out of a vehicle to reduce the risk of injury to others.