Highway code: over 50 percent of drivers don’t know pedestrian rules

Despite many weeks having handed because the Government introduced sweeping adjustments to the Highway Code, a surprising quantity of drivers nonetheless aren’t conscious of the brand new rules and others don’t perceive them. (*50*) lack of consciousness is placing hundreds in danger of heavy fines.

(*50*) newest figures from a survey finished by car leasing website vanarama confirmed {that a} staggering 54 percent of motorists are unaware that pedestrians now have the fitting of approach at junctions.

Since January, pedestrians have had precedence over autos and cyclists when crossing highway junctions, that means when vehicles or bikes are turning into or out of a junction, they need to cease for folks on foot – even when they haven’t begun crossing.

And within the survey of 2,000 drivers, two in each 5 UK motorists (40 percent) imagine that pedestrians solely have precedence when already crossing – making for a big threat when crossing the highway.

Because there’s a substantial security threat to pedestrians and legal responsibility rests on these behind the wheel, these motorists run the danger of careless or harmful driving – with limitless fines, 11 penalty factors and even two years’ imprisonment at stake in excessive instances.

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On slim sections of highway, for instance, single-lane chicanes which might be used to sluggish visitors, drivers will typically discover indicators that define which facet of visitors has precedence.

While 79 percent of Brits perceive these indicators, 9 percent thought it meant no overtaking, 8 percent thought it indicated a one-way road, and 4 percent thought it meant oncoming visitors is travelling slower.

In all, greater than a fifth (21 percent) of Brits weren’t clear on this rule.

Worryingly the examine additionally confirmed that over a 3rd of motorists don’t know what a no-stopping signal means.

Vanarama’s survey findings revealed that 37 percent of motorists don’t know what the indicators point out.

It is in truth to forestall stopping on a highway which might trigger hazard or be an inconvenience to visitors.

Perhaps extra alarming is that many will misread the signal – 23 percent wrongly mistook it as a no-parking signal, 8 percent believed it meant a bus lane was forward, and seven percent thought it warned of building works.

Daryl West, head of social media and PR at Vanarama advised solely: “Earlier this year, eight new rules were added to The Highway Code as well as 49 updates to existing rules. However, despite these changes happening back in late-January, our research has raised concern that many motorists are unaware of these key changes.

 “What’s most concerning about this is that there’s been a fundamental shift in the dynamic of the road with cyclists having more rights than previously. 

 “This lack of understanding is extremely worrying. The rule was put in place to give road users greater visibility of cyclists and, therefore, stop any disruptions or potential crashes.

 “Our survey findings have also revealed that 75 percent of motorists are unaware of what a ‘no vehicles except bicycles’ sign means – which is extra worrying given that this isn’t a recent addition to the Highway Code. For the three-quarters that don’t know, it’s a blank white circle with a red border, and is important to note as cyclists and pedestrians may not be expecting to look out for vehicles.”

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