The brand new Freeway Code and the power for police to fantastic motorists for harmful driving round cyclists have renewed the controversy over who ought to have precedence on Britain’s roads. From January, cyclists have been issued with contemporary steerage within the Freeway Code replace to experience within the centre of a lane on quieter roads, in slower-moving site visitors and on the strategy to junctions to make themselves as clearly seen as doable.
They have been additionally reminded that they’ll experience two abreast, as has at all times been the case because it permits them to be safer in massive teams or when driving with kids.
Bryn Brooker, head of highway security at Nextbase, informed Specific.co.uk: “All highway customers ought to observe the Freeway Code, and motorists ought to take further warning round extra susceptible highway customers, similar to cyclists or pedestrians.
“The brand new Freeway Code adjustments, which adjustments the hierarchy of the highway, imply the duty is with motorists greater than ever.
“They need to now take additional warning when overtaking or passing susceptible highway customers.
“The place motorists can’t show they acted correctly, it’s possible they’ll take most, if not all, duty for damages after an incident.”
In consequence, Specific.co.uk requested readers’ opinions on who ought to have precedence on Britain’s roads.
In a ballot that ran from 1pm on Monday, Might 9, to 3pm on Wednesday, Might 11, Specific.co.uk requested: “Do you assume cyclists ought to personal the highway or ought to drivers have precedence?”
A complete of 6,264 folks solid their votes and general, 93 p.c (6,042 folks) stated “Drivers ought to have precedence”.
In the meantime, an additional six p.c (363 folks) stated “Cyclists ought to have precedence”.
Only one p.c (59 folks) stated they didn’t know who ought to have precedence.
Lots of of feedback have been left beneath the accompanying article with readers taking part in a energetic dialogue.
Many have been towards cyclists having precedence over motorists on the highway with one reader, username Warwick Shire writing: “Motorists certainly have precedence as a consequence of numbers.”
Some thought that motorists deserved precedence because of the tax and insurance coverage paid on autos.
Username Trudi432 stated: “Drivers ought to have precedence, they’ve paid exorbitant quantities of cash to make use of them, cyclists pay nothing.”
Username Djer1320 stated: “The cyclists pay nothing for the roads and count on probably the most.”
And username Ricky1954 stated: “Cyclists that use the highway needs to be topic to the identical tax, mot guidelines and insurance coverage that each driver that makes use of the roads has to pay.”
Some stated that cyclists and motorists wanted to behave responsibly on the roads like username timeboy1 who stated: “NO ONE ought to have precedence ALL ought to deal with one another with respect.”
Likewise, username ProfoundPaul wrote: “Neither cyclists nor motorists ought to ‘personal the highway’, each ought to use the roads with consideration for all different customers.”
Whereas username razorage wrote: “In fact drivers ought to take care and if obligatory give solution to different highway customers to keep away from harm, however so ought to cyclists concentrate on the issues they trigger.”
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