Fleets warned of changes to the Highway Code
Fleets and business drivers are being warned of major changes to the Highway Code, which take effect from Saturday (January 29).
The new rules are aimed at improving road safety for vulnerable road users – pedestrians, cyclists and horse riders.
The Highway Code sets out information, advice, guides and mandatory rules for road users in the United Kingdom. Its objective is to promote road safety.
Law firm Irwin Mitchell says that many of the rules in the code are legal requirements, and if you disobey these rules you are committing a criminal offence.
“You may be fined, given penalty points on your licence or be disqualified from driving,” explained Peter Lorence (pictured below), a serious injury lawyer at Irwin Mitchell.
“In the most serious cases you may be sent to prison.”
Although failure to comply with the other rules of the code will not, in itself, cause a person to be prosecuted.
The Highway Code may be used in evidence in any court proceedings under the Traffic Acts to establish liability. This includes rules which use advisory wording.”