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Consultation on changes to the Highway Code

The consultation on changes to the Highway Code recently announced by the Government is open until 27 October 2020.

As we all know, the Highway Code is a very useful manual for claims handlers in determining liability. Further, it helps improve driving standards by setting out how best to deal with hazardous situations.

As such, the motor claims industry should welcome the consultation on changes to the Highway Code recently announced by the Government. The highlights of the proposed changes include:

  1. A hierarchy of road users, giving those that can do the greatest harm, the greatest responsibility to reduce hazards.
  2. Giving pedestrians priority by requiring drivers to give way to them when they are waiting to cross the road.
  3. Codifying safe passing distances and speeds when overtaking cyclists.
  4. Giving vulnerable road users priority at junctions when travelling straight ahead.

With the anticipated increase in vulnerable road users on the roads (e-scooters and cyclists in particular), the timing is good for these proposed reforms to the Highway Code.

This is an opportunity for insurers to not only reduce the frequency and severity of accidents, but also to reduce operational costs in respect of liability determination.

The consultation is open until 27 October 2020. Weightmans will be preparing a response and if you would like access to this draft document to assist in your own responses, or if you would simply like to contribute to our response, please provide your details below.

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