Highway Code

Department for Transport written question – answered on 12th April 2019.

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Photo of Lord Hunt of Kings Heath Lord Hunt of Kings Heath Labour

To ask Her Majesty's Government what consideration they have given, as part of their review of the Highway Code, to changing from the current position where all road users are deemed to have equal responsibility to a hierarchy of responsibility so those categories of users who cause the greatest harm have the greatest responsibility for reducing the dangers that they pose to others.

Photo of Baroness Sugg Baroness Sugg Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)

On 22 November 2018, the Government published a two-year action plan and response to the Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy (CWIS) Safety Review Call for Evidence. This made clear its commitment to the hierarchy of road users.

Included within CWIS SR action plan is a commitment to review the guidance in The Highway Code to improve safety for cyclists and pedestrians. We are currently agreeing the scope and delivery of this review, and would expect the hierarchy of road users to fall within scope. The review will be conducted in consultation with the Department's stakeholders, according to its usual practice.

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