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Highway Code Petition Reply

Discussion in 'Advocacy and Cycling Safety' started by Yorkshireman, 9 Jul 2007.

  1. Yorkshireman

    Yorkshireman New Member

    Anyone interested in the reply from No 10 re the recent petition to change rules 61 and 63 concerning cycling facilities etc (I think the CTC had most influence though)
    http://www.pm.gov.uk/output/Page12275.asp. Could have been worse.
     
  2. Mister Paul

    Mister Paul Honky

    Location:
    North Somerset
    Pretty good if you ask me.
     
  3. alecstilleyedye

    alecstilleyedye nothing in moderation Staff Member

    works for me :blush:
     
  4. Looks good to me. Well done CTC and everyone else involved.
     
  5. Bigtallfatbloke

    Bigtallfatbloke New Member

    Good.

    I would like this 'advice' to be heavily underlined.

    next time some idiot nearly kills me and shouts at me to use the bloody cycle lanes I shall quote the rule numbers he needs to go and read, :blush:
     
  6. Yorkshireman

    Yorkshireman New Member

    Thinking of this subject (HC). I am wondering how many road users (in the widest meaning of the term term) have a fairly recent copy - and look at it sometimes (my copy is a couple of years old, but I have it on line in Favourites). I understand why its important that we are aware of what`s in there from a legal point, but despite the recent hooha re the rule changes, how many `normal` road users actually know/understand how they are supposed to `conduct` themselves on the roads. Apart from the legal/insurance liability how much use is the HC if not too many are up to date on it... Does it need a higher profile ie advertising?
    Comments welcome :blush:
     
  7. Cab

    Cab New Member

    Location:
    Cambridge
    Yes. To the extent that those who frequently break the rules should have them tatood on the inside of their eyelids :blush:
     
  8. alecstilleyedye

    alecstilleyedye nothing in moderation Staff Member

    can we now have a big ad campaign to make the cagers aware of this piece of advice?
     
  9. Tetedelacourse

    Tetedelacourse New Member

    Location:
    Rosyth
    How familiar are you with the laws of the land and their various connotations?

    The HC is no different, obviously apart from its is status not as law but rather as guidance. I signed this petition and am glad of the change in revision but advertising the HC is not going to change anything.

    It's not due to lack of knowledge of the HC that people commit motoring offences but rather the culture of road use that we presently have. We do advertise about drink driving, speeding, not looking out etc but I don't think adverts about the new version of the HC will be of benefit.
     
  10. Yorkshireman

    Yorkshireman New Member

    I realised after posting, that the advertising comment was a bit u/s. I was thinking more on the lines of the old public information mini films that we used to see where a particular theme was used in each, eg Dip - Don`t Dazzle, Clunk Click Every Trip etc (I dread to think what might be shown regarding safe cycling). Judging by the (not infrequent) queries that pop up in forums and cycling newsgroups along the lines of "Am I allowed/is it legal if/for (me/them) to ... when the answer is often in the HC, there must be a significant number of road users who have forgotten that there is such a publication :?: .
     
  11. Keith Oates

    Keith Oates Janner

    Location:
    Penarth, Wales
    It's good to see the new proposal and does show correct campaigning can work. One of the things it also does is prevent insurance companies of using the HC to get out of genuine claims!!!!!!!!!!
     
  12. Yorkshireman

    Yorkshireman New Member

    It also shows how ill advised our `leaders` are by their `advisers` (and how our `leaders` sometimes seem to be lacking common sense) :?:
     
  13. Keith Oates

    Keith Oates Janner

    Location:
    Penarth, Wales
    Since when has any government won an election on Common Sense :?: !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
     
  14. Yorkshireman

    Yorkshireman New Member

    Politicians (and senior civil service bods) have it removed at the same time that the `other language` is installed :?: .
     
  15. barq

    barq Senior Member

    Location:
    Birmingham, UK
    I had two thoughts about this:

    1. I've been pretty cynical about the petitions to government (although I did sign that one), so it's nice to see some notice being taken of an issue like this. A reasonable case was made, people signed the petition and the powers that be have acted. Good stuff!

    2. I agree that many (most?) drivers aren't terribly up to date with the HC. I do sometimes wonder whether it would be better to make people resit their driving test every x many years (or more frequently if they start racking up points on their driving license). I'm sure this would do wonders for keeping people in touch with what the HC actually says rather than what they would like it to say! :eek: It would also foster a different attitude towards the 'right' to drive - i.e. that it isn't for life and passing the test isn't a one-time thing.

    However, I don't ever expect to see the UK government pushing that idea - it would be suicide by ballot box.