Roads: Horses

Department for Transport written question – answered on 12th November 2018.

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Photo of Christine Jardine Christine Jardine Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Scotland)

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if his Department will make an assessment of the potential merits of updating the Highway Code to include the British Horse Society’s advice to drivers on how to pass horses safely on roads.

Photo of Jesse Norman Jesse Norman Minister of State (Department for Transport)

The Government announced on 18 October 2018 that, as part of the Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy (CWIS) Safety Review, The Highway Code would be reviewed to help keep cyclists and pedestrians safe on the roads. The Government recognises that horse riders and carriage drivers are also vulnerable road users and that advice on, for example, overtaking or passing cyclists applies equally to them.

The full scope of the review has yet to be determined but as is normal practice it will be conducted in consultation with all relevant stakeholders, including those representing equestrians.

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