Pedestrians have priority at junctions

May is: ‘National Walking Month,’ and with the weather getting better – more and more of us are donning our walking gear to get some fresh air and some exercise.

Did you know though that changes made to the Highway Code this year affects pedestrians/walkers? If not our latest blog will help explain.

Back in January something called the Hierarchy of Road Users was introduced to the Highway Code.

The hierarchy places those road users most at risk in the event of a collision (e.g. pedestrians/walkers) at the top of the hierarchy. Having said that it doesn’t remove the need for everyone to behave responsibly including pedestrians.

Before the new rules were introduced drivers had to give way to pedestrians who had started to cross, now the rules go a lot further.

It states that at a junction the motorist should give way to pedestrians crossing or WAITING to cross a road into which you are turning into or from.

In a nutshell:

• The rule applies to drivers entering or leaving a junction
• Drivers will need to anticipate the potential of a pedestrian crossing the road they are entering or leaving
• Don’t leave it too late and make sure you’re aware of the driver behind – if you brake too late you risk having a shunt/prang

Adrian says: “The rules might sound a little confusing but essentially the Code prioritises the safety of vulnerable road users. Not understanding the rules isn’t a defense. It’s important that all road users are aware of the Highway Code and what it means, they’re considerate to other road users and understand their responsibility for the safety of others. Remember, pedestrians are at the top of the hierarchy.”

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