The Important Highway Code 2022 changes at a glance

On 29 January 2022 The Highway Code will be updated affecting all types of road users in England, Scotland and Wales.

The updated rules are designed to improve the road safety of pedestrians, cyclists and horse riders.

The important changes at a glance are:

Introduction of a hierarchy of road users

Those driving vehicles that pose the greatest risk in the event of an accident should bear the greatest responsibility.


People crossing a road have priority over a motorised vehicle turning in or out of a side road.


Bicycle users travelling straight on a road have priority over a motorised vehicle turning in or out of a side road.

Cyclists may ride in the centre of their lane or two abreast, moving left when it is safe to allow motorised vehicles to overtake.

Vehicles must leave at least 1.5m of space when travelling past a cyclist at less than 30mph, more space at higher speeds.


Road users must pass horse riders at less than 10mph and leave at least 2m of space.


The full updated version of The Highway Code is available to read on the Government website.


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The Highway Code changes on 29 January 2022 The important changes at a glance