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27 January 2022

Stay updated on changes to the Highway Code

The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) has announced significant changes to the rules for all types of road users from 29 January.


DVSA say these rules changes will help to improve the safety of people walking, cycling and riding horses.  

Pest technicians spend a lot of time driving to and from clients, so it is vital that you stay up to date with The Highway Code, checking it regularly to understand how changes affect you.

New hierarchy of road users

The changes on 29 January introduce a new ‘hierarchy of road users’.

The new hierarchy explains that those in charge of vehicles that can cause the greatest harm in the event of a collision bear the greatest responsibility to take care and reduce the danger they pose to others.

This principle applies most strongly to drivers of large goods and passenger vehicles, cars and motorcycles. 

Other more vulnerable road users have a responsibility to reduce danger to people walking . None of this detracts from the responsibility of ALL road users, including people walking, cycling or riding a horse, to have regard for their own and other road users’ safety.

You can read more about these changes on

Changes at a glance

The latest changes to The Highway Code include:

  • Giving people walking across and people cycling going straight ahead priority when turning in and out of junctions
  • Leaving at least 1.5 metres when overtaking people cycling at speeds of up to 30mph, and give them more space when overtaking at higher speeds
  • Passing people riding a horse or driving a horse-drawn vehicle at speeds under 10 mph and allow at least 2 metres of space
  • Allowing at least 2 metres of space and keep to a low speed when passing a person who is walking in the road
  • Encouraging people driving vehicles to open their doors with the hand furthest from the door, to help them look over their shoulder behind them to see people cycling or walking nearby
  • People cycling may ride in the centre of the road or two abreast for their own safety, whilst allowing others to overtake when it is safe for them to do so.

Why staying up to date is important

It's important that everyone understands their responsibility for the safety of other road users.

Many of the rules in the code are legal requirements, and if you disobey these rules you’re committing a criminal offence.

If you do not follow the other rules in the code, it can be used in evidence in court proceedings to establish liability.

How to stay updated

It’s easy to keep up to date with The Highway Code, and any other future changes, online.

You can also download The Highway Code iOS app.

Other ways to stay up-to-date include:

If you want to keep a copy in your van or office, you can pre-order a physical copy of The Highway Code 2022 edition here

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