The updates to the Highway Code were initially announced last summer, following an extensive public consultation. As you may be aware, the new version of the Highway Code introduces a ‘hierarchy of road users’ and came into force at the end of January.
I understand that some constituents have concerns about these changes. I am told that the hierarchy is designed to bring about a more mutually respectful and considerate culture of safe and effective road use that benefits all users. At the top of the hierarchy are pedestrians (children in particular) older adults and people with disabilities, cyclists, horse riders and motorcyclists. They have been placed at the top of the hierarchy because they are most at risk in the event of an accident. Therefore, these changes are designed to protect the vulnerable.