Roads: Horses

Department for Transport written question – answered at on 5 July 2019.

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Photo of Jim Shannon Jim Shannon Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Human Rights), Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Health)

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to improve road user awareness of safe (a) speeds and (b) distances when overtaking horses.

Photo of Michael Ellis Michael Ellis Minister of State (Department for Transport)

The Highway Code in its current form already mentions horse riders and the need for drivers to exercise special care in relation to them.

As part of the current Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy (CWIS) Safety Review, The Highway Code will be reviewed to help keep cyclists, pedestrians and horse riders safe on the roads.

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

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