A 'hierachy of road users' is set to be introduced to the Highway Code in November 2021.

It prioritises those who are most at risk of harm - pedestrians and cyclists. They will have greater priority over other road users.

Lorry drivers will be ranked at the lowest level and, therefore, will have the greatest responsibility towards other road users and are more likely to burden the blame in the event of an incident.

Changes to the rules include drivers being told they must not cut across cyclists going straight ahead, turning into a junction, changing direction or changing lane – making the requirement for vehicle cameras, sensors and alerts on lorries to eliminate blind spots and prevent incidents even more important.

The changes are outlined here. (Source: Brigade Electronics UK)

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Highway Code November 2021 update