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Chris Beazer
Posted on 24 May 2007 11:40 am

It is clearly the case that proposed changes to the highway code are shifting the balance in favour of the motorist. The wording possible instead of practicable means that dangerous or extremely inconvenient facilities will have to be used because they are 'possible' - previously they could be avoided. Many insurance companies have tried to use the fact that a cyclist was not wearing a helmet, despite helmets not being mandatory, as a reason for reducing damages after a claim when a motorist who was at fault was sued by the cyclist. The same will now happen when any cyclist involved in an accident which is not his fault doesn't use a 'facility' no matter how inappropriate, simply because it is 'possible' to use it.

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