Highway codes are slightly different in the UK compared to South Africa. New rules were put in place in the UK on the 29th of January 2022 and you may face a hefty fine, jail time or possible penalty points if you don’t adhere to the new Highway Code.
There is a new Hierarchy . . .
Cars including taxis
Vans including minibuses
Trucks and heavier vehicles
Pedestrians and cyclists have more priority and you will now need to give way to pedestrians at junctions.
If there is slow-moving traffic you should also allow a pedestrian to cross.
Cyclists can ride in the centre of the road in low traffic areas and you should allow at least 1.5 metres when overtaking at speeds up to 30mph.
Big No No’s
Never invite a pedestrian to cross the street by waving, hooting, flashing lights or revving your engine.
Don’t touch your cellphone . . . EVER!
The 2022 Highway Code rules now enforce a fine, plus you could be blocked from using apps on your phone like gaming and taking pics.
“Where you are able to do so, you should open the door using your hand on the opposite side to the door you are opening; for example, use your left hand to open a door on your right-hand side.
Unmarked vehicles are common all over the UK including the back streets, highways and byways. Don’t think you are ever above the law.
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