Loop: Public Notices

  • Changes to the Highway Code: rules on using motorways

    If you’re learning to drive or ride, you’ll no doubt be studying the Highway Code to learn the rules of the road.

    From today there are changes to the rules on using motorways, so it’s as important as ever that you “check the Code” – and continue to do so on a regular basis.

    For life, not just learners
    The rules in the Highway Code are updated when there are changes in the law.

    New rules may be added while you are preparing for your practical test, or after you have passed. There have been 15 changes since 2015 alone.

    That means it’s really important to stay up to date, whether you’ve only had one lesson or held a licence for years.

    Most recent changes
    The changes made as of today refer to guidance on smart motorways. A total of 33 existing rules will be amended and two new rules introduced, with a number of amendments made to the additional information annexes.

    These include:

    clearer advice on where to stop in an emergency
    the importance of not driving in a lane closed by a Red X
    the use of variable speed limits to manage congestion
    updated guidance on key factors that contribute to safety-related incidents, including unroadworthy vehicles, tailgating and driving in roadworks
    How to stay updated
    It’s easy to keep up to date with the Highway Code, and any other future changes, online.

    GOV.UK includes a list of the latest updates that have been made, so it’s quick and easy to see what has changed.
    https://www.gov.uk/guidance/the-highway-code/updates

    You can also sign up for email alerts whenever the Highway Code is updated.
    https://www.gov.uk/guidance/the-highway-code

    The Highway Code on GOV.UK allows you to:
    https://www.gov.uk/guidance/the-highway-code

    search for key words and phrases within The Highway Code
    quickly move between related rules
    follow links to the original laws that the rules are based on
    print sections more easily
    There’s also an official Highway Code app.

    More ways to stay up to date
    You can follow @HighwayCodeGB on Facebook to get regular road safety reminders and news of any updates.

    Future changes and print editions
    Over the coming months we anticipate some further changes to the Highway Code; we will keep you informed of these by email, on GOV.UK and on social media.

    We will write to you again with further details about the next, new printed edition of The Official Highway Code in 2022.

    Thank you for your support,

    Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency

    More information
    Check GOV.UK for the latest about:

    theory tests
    driving tests
    instructor guidance

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