Highway Code: Publicity

Department for Transport written question – answered on 4th February 2022.

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Photo of Greg Knight Greg Knight Conservative, East Yorkshire

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what publicity campaigns his Department conducted prior to the new Highway Code coming into force.

Photo of Trudy Harrison Trudy Harrison Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)

The Department notified the public about the review of The Highway Code to improve safety for cyclists, pedestrians and horse riders as part of a call for evidence on cycling and walking safety (November 2018).

The government initially announced the detail of the incoming updates to The Highway Code to national media last summer. They followed a public consultation where nearly 21,000 people submitted their views, with the majority supporting the changes.

On 1 December the documents laid before Parliament for approval were made available online. This was followed by a press notice, myth busting factsheet and toolkit for stakeholders to amplify the messages on 26 January, prior to the alterations coming into effect on 29 January.

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