Cyclists and pedestrians are to be given right of way over the motorist in the UK
Can someone remind me who pays the taxes again?
These days our government controlling the small islands within the United Kingdom like the idea of making us go everywhere with less then 4 wheels. Their favourite idea is to get all of us on bicycles. According to them it helps our environment and makes all of us fall in love with each other again without paying for petrol.
Now they are really beginning to force this upon us.
Before these new proposed rules that are outlined below are enforced it must be pointed out that cyclists already get the right of way to go first at an intersection and cycle lanes take up half of the roads these days despite paying exactly £00.00 in tax.
The main focus of the new proposed changes to the highway code is to create a 'hierarchy of road users' where the end result is that they 'ensure those who can do the greatest harm have the greatest responsibility to reduce the danger or threat they may pose to others.' Basically pedestrians lose responsibility of anything that goes wrong. Cyclists are told to take responsibility of pedestrians but at the end of the day the car drivers are at the end of this chain so chances are that blame for most incidents will be heaped on them.
Another example of these changes are found at pedestrian crossings. At the moment the pedestrian only gets right of way if their light goes green or if they are in the middle of crossing the road. In the future if the pedestrian is waiting to cross the road the car driver has to stop to let them cross. It must also be mentioned that at some intersections in London the pedestrians will get the constant green light and motorists will have to wait for them.
Cyclists currently are not legally required to but normally do ride alongside the kerb of the road to stay out of the way of the cars approaching from behind but under the proposed new rules cyclists are to be told to ride in the middle of the road so that they are clearly visible but they are still advised to move across if a car approaches from behind to let them by safely.
The last rule is that if you are about to turn at a junction you will now have to wait for a gap in between the cyclists like you would between cars. Basically cyclists are getting at least equal if not more rights then drivers.
These proposals will be put in front of Parliament later this year and written into the highway code next year if approved and based on the current direction of government policies I would be very surprised if they weren’t .All of this is part of a £338 million fund from the department of transport to encourage cycling and walking.
It has recieved praise from pro-cycling groups who believe that cyclists haven’t had enough rights on the road for a long time and heaps of criticism from motoring groups who are worried about confusion between road users and lack of communication about the new rules to them which means that people could start to follow two different rule books that makes the roads more dangerous then before. There is also the issue that the government are mainly catering to those who do not pay road tax and that those that do are being neglected.