2022 Highway Code changes you need to know about

News Article | January 2022

Department for Transport Highway Code January 2022

The Highway Code: 8 changes you need to know from 29 January 2022

Rules for all types of road users will be updated in The Highway Code to improve the safety of people walking, cycling and riding horses.

The changes follow a public consultation on a review of The Highway Code to improve road safety for people walking, cycling and riding horses. It ran from July to October 2020, and received more than 20,000 responses from the public, businesses and other organisations. Most people who responded were in favour of all the changes.

The changes will be made to The Highway Code from Saturday 29 January 2022. Here are 8 significant changes and updates that you need to know about.

  1. Hierarchy of road users
  2. People crossing the road at junctions
  3. Walking, cycling or riding in shared spaces
  4. Positioning in the road when cycling
  5. Overtaking when driving or cycling
  6. People cycling at junctions
  7. People cycling, riding a horse and driving horse-drawn vehicles on roundabouts
  8. Parking, charging and leaving vehicles

In this video, Martin Starkey, Product Manager: Development & Implementation for TTC Group shares detail on the changes being introduced for Hierarchy, Phone Use and the concept of Dutch Reach.

When was the last time you read the Highway Code?

The Highway Code is essential reading for everyone. It’s updated regularly, so it’s important that everyone reads it - not just learner drivers. 

We recommend that all road users take time to read through the latest version of the Highway Code at least every 5-years, with best practice recommended this to be an annual activity. 

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.

The full version of The Highway Code is available, free of charge, on GOV.UK. This will be updated on 29 January 2022.

You can pre-order an updated version of The Highway Code book online now, and buy a copy at most high street bookshops from April 2022. It will have a new cover design so it’s easy to recognise.


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