Dangerous Driving

Department for Transport written question – answered on 22nd October 2018.

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Photo of Ian Austin Ian Austin Labour, Dudley North

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to increase driver awareness of the dangers of overtaking (a) cyclists and (b) other vulnerable road users without leaving sufficient space.

Photo of Jesse Norman Jesse Norman Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)

The Highway Code provides guidance for drivers on being aware of cyclists and other vulnerable road users and allowing adequate distance when passing them.

The Department is aware that not all road users follow the rules on safe overtaking and on 18 October 2018 the Department that the Highway Code will be reviewed to help keep cyclists, vulnerable road users and pedestrians safe on the roads.

This followed announcements in the summer committing to update the Highway Code in relation to close passing and highlighting a UK-wide initiative to help police enforce against dangerous drivers who pass cyclists too closely.

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