New Highway Code law change could impact millions of drivers on the road

The new driving changes could see motorists give priority to pedestrians, cyclists and horse riders.

According to the rules, drivers would be forced to give way to cyclists at junctions when travelling straight ahead.

Guidance will be issued on safe passing distances and speeds when overtaking cyclists and horse riders.

It could also ensure motorists who cause the greatest harm have the highest responsibility to reduce dangers or threats on the road.

However, a new study by Admiral Multi Cover has warned the new proposals haven't gone down well with drivers.

The stats found a whopping 63% of road users believe that everyone should be ranked equally when it comes to transport on roads.

Meanwhile, only 30% of motorists agree with the new proposals that more vulnerable road users should be prioritised on the road.

The study discovered 60% of all drivers don't agree with priority being given to cyclists at junctions.

And over a quarter said they believed a driver had the right of way if they had stopped at a junction first.

The research comes after a reported increase in cyclists on the road in recent months.

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Ellie Willis, head of Admiral Multi Cover, said: "With an increase in the number of cyclists taking to the UK roads recently, and upcoming changes expected to the Highway Code, it's important that people understand the rules to improve the safety for all road users."

The Department for Transport (DfT) said the new principle would mainly be applied to drivers of "large goods and passenger vehicles".

It added: "Everyone suffers when road collisions occur, whether they are physically injured or not. But those in charge of vehicles that can cause the greatest harm in the event of a collision bear the greatest responsibility to take care and reduce the danger they pose to others.

"This principle applies most strongly to drivers of large goods and passenger vehicles, followed by vans/minibuses, cars/taxis and motorcycles."

But the findings from the insurance provider revealed that changing the rules doesn't guarantee whether it would be followed.

This is because a whopping 44% of road users admit they haven't looked at the Highway Code in over 20 years.

While one in 10 drivers claimed to have read the rules within the past three years.

It is believed the official guidance has changed over 15 times in space of five years.

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