What The New Highway Code Rules Mean for Motorcyclists


New highway code rules came into effect on the 29th of January but what does it mean for motorcyclists? Below, we take a look at how they will affect you on the roads.

Rule H2 – Rule for drivers, motorcyclists, horse-drawn vehicles, horse riders and cyclists

At a junction, you should give way to pedestrians crossing or waiting to cross a road into which or from which you are turning.

You MUST give way to pedestrians on a zebra crossing, and to pedestrians and cyclists on a parallel crossing.

Pedestrians have priority when on a zebra crossing, on a parallel crossing or at light-controlled crossings when they have a green signal.

You should give way to pedestrians waiting to cross a zebra crossing, and to pedestrians and cyclists waiting to cross a parallel crossing.

Highway Code New Rule H2

Rule H3 – Rule for drivers and motorcyclists

You should not cut across cyclists, horse riders or horse-drawn vehicles going ahead when you are turning into or out of a junction or changing direction or lane, just as you would not turn across the path of another motor vehicle. This applies whether they are using a cycle lane, a cycle track, or riding ahead on the road and you should give way to them.

Do not turn at a junction if to do so would cause the cyclist, horse rider or horse-drawn vehicle going straight ahead to stop or swerve.

You should stop and wait for a safe gap in the flow of cyclists if necessary. This includes when cyclists are:

Highway Code New Rule H3

With these new rules now in effect, motorcyclists will now need to give way at junctions to pedestrians waiting to cross and give way to cyclists who are going straight ahead if you are turning off the road.

We very much hope that shining light on these recent Highway Code updates will help the motorcycle community stay safe and informed whilst out on the open road. If you would like us to provide you with more information on the matter, please do contact us at MH Suspension.

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