Hierarchy of Road Users – Latest Update

Start your claim

New ‘Hierarchy of Road Users’ to be introduced into the Highway Code.

The UK Government has passed legislation to alter the Highway Code, introducing changes to help ensure the safety of pedestrians, cyclists and horse riders. The new changes are due to come into force on 29th January 2022.

Three New Rules

Rule H1 – Hierarchy of Road Users

The most significant rule introduces a new “Hierarchy of Road Users”. This sets out that road users who have the capacity to cause the greatest harm, have the greatest responsibility to reduce the risk they pose to others. If you were involved in a road traffic accident as a vulnerable road user, contact Belmont Solicitors now.

The changes being introduced place those classed as ‘vulnerable’ road users at the top of the hierarchy. This is to ensure those most at risk in the event of a collision and therefore most likely to be injured are given priority. Pedestrians, particularly children, the elderly and those with disabilities are first in the hierarchy. Second are cyclists, horse riders and motorcyclists.

Cars, vans, minibuses, larger passenger vehicles and heavy goods vehicles are all in the lower half of the hierarchy in order of appearance. As vehicle users could cause greater harm in the event of a collision, the law will require them to bear greater responsibility to act considerately to reduce the danger posed to other road users.

The introduction of this hierarchy does not, however, remove the requirement for all road users to take due care and act responsibly to ensure the safety of both themselves and others. If you have been involved in a road traffic accident, contact Belmont Solicitors now.

Rule H2 – Priorities for Pedestrians

The Highway Code has been altered to provide pedestrians with stronger priorities over motorists, horse riders and cyclists at junctions.

The second rule introduced states that road users should give way to pedestrians who are crossing or waiting to cross a road that road users are turning into. Prior to these changes, road users had priority over pedestrians.

Additionally, The Highway Code now legally requires all road users to stop for pedestrians waiting at zebra crossings. This includes cyclists, horse riders and motorists. If you were involved in a road traffic accident as a pedestrian, contact Belmont Solicitors now.

Rule H3 – Priorities for Cyclists

The Highway Code now also contains a rule for drivers and motorcyclists, preventing them from cutting across cyclists going ahead when motorists are either turning into or out of a junction or changing lanes or directions. Motorists are asked to treat cyclists as they would any other vehicle.

Updated guidance on cyclist positioning advises riding in the centre of lanes on quiet roads, in slow-moving traffic and when approaching junctions. Cyclists are also advised to ride at least half a meter away from the kerb at all times and ‘further where it is safer’ which affords them discretion to determine the safest positioning on the road dependent on the situation. If you were involved in a road traffic accident as a cyclist, contact Belmont Solicitors now.

How will this affect you as drivers, cyclists and pedestrians?

In conclusion, these changes will –

  • Give priority to pedestrians and cyclists over drivers at junctions.
  • Require vehicles to give way when a pedestrian is waiting to cross.
  • Advise cyclists to ride in the middle of the lane in order to be more visible to other road users.
  • Require motorists to allow cyclists to pass before turning into another road.

If you were involved in a road traffic accident, contact our experienced personal injury solicitors at Belmont Solicitors to get the compensation you deserve.

Contact Belmont Solicitors now.

Contact Belmont Solicitors now. We provide our clients with a free initial consultation. We will ensure your legal process is as stress-free and easy as possible.

Contact us now by calling 0141 7298 848 or email us at info@belmontsolicitors.co.uk or pop into our office in the heart of Glasgow!

To find out more about the latest news, blogs and updates, visit our Latest Articles page now. If you want regular updates, follow us on InstagramFacebook and LinkedIn as @BelmontSolicitors.

No Win, No Fee

Get your claim started today!

    Your name*

    Your phone*

    Your email*

    Type of enquiry

    Or

    Give us a call

    0141 729 8848

    We're Highly Rated by Our Clients

    What our clients have to say

    • The process of claiming against the other party was made so much easier thanks to Belmont Solicitors and especially Karen Barr and her team. Fantastic work and thank you all for your help and guidance. 100% recommended

      Allen Robinson Profile Image

      Allen Robinson

    • My accident happened right before covid, so there were loads of delays and even a hand over in solicitors. With all the interferences, Belmont never let me down. They stayed in touch and stayed very honest throughout the whole thing.

      Emily Hughes Profile Image

      Emily Hughes

    • Belmont solicitors have been assisting me with an injury claim from a car accident I was in earlier this year. They have been excellent throughout making sure I am aware of everything that’s been going on and providing me with all the information I need to make informed decisions. The outcome has been fantastic and I have been treated with integrity and care throughout. I would highly recommend them to anybody.

      Eva Salani Profile Image

      Eva Salani

    • Amazing service throughout my experience dealing with Belmont, they helped me with an injury claim following a car accident and I received an excellent service and quick settlement with the case. Highly recommend.

      Andrew Profile Image

      Andrew

    • The team at Belmont has been great. They went through the information with me as often as I needed to understand all the legal bits and feel comfortable proceeding. I was given an update as soon as it was available, which meant I didn’t have to constantly call - which in my experience is not always the case with solicitors. Overall very happy with the service received.

      Helena G Profile Image

      Helena G

    • Well thanks to Belmont, i’ve manage to get my injury claim in rather quickly is feels like. They are a great team and keep you updated throughout each process they do with with you, as well as making sure well informed. would very highly recommend. will also mention they give very clear instructions throughout the process and they are very helpful!

      Dylan Miller Profile Image

      Dylan Miller

    • Absolutely outstanding service from start to finish, very very professional, helpful and knowledgeable. Always very friendly and efficient! Any single person I spoke to was always very happy, nice and great at their job! Thanks again to everyone!

      Jamie-Lee Brown Profile Image

      Jamie-Lee Brown

    • Can’t thank Rizwan enough for all his help. Very friendly and knowledgeable about the case. Never had to call them as he kept me updated with any new developments. Will definitely refer friends and family and will use Belmont solicitors again if needed.

      Angela Profile Image

      Angela

    • I would highly recommend these guys, extremely helpful, always kept me up to date with progress either by calls or emails, I was more than happy with all staff from receptionists to case holders, would highly recommend.

      Dorothy Garvie Profile Image

      Dorothy Garvie

    • Good service. Kept me informed about my personal injury claim - which took about a year to settle, which was due to the other party in the accident's insurer going into liquidation, but they kept at it and eventually succeded in getting the payment. Would definately recommend.

      Kenneth Profile Image

      Kenneth