Fleet News

More rules in new Highway Code

The first revised Highway Code in eight years, launched last week by road safety minister Jim Fitzpatrick, contains advice on 29 new rules of the road.

The new code is 50% bigger than the previous one and contains additional direction on new legislation relating to vehicle emissions and smoking in company vehicles.

A new section advises motorists not to smoke while driving, while also pointing out the danger of distraction from in-vehicle technology such as satellite-navigation systems.

Among other additions to the code is advice to help newly qualified drivers get through the first 12 months after passing the driving test safely, details on new road initiatives such as high-occupancy vehicle lanes, home zones and quiet lanes and new stopping/directing powers given to VOSA officers and highways agency traffic officers.

The wording of the new guide, available free from www.direct.gov.uk, was agreed after 26,963 comments on the previous version were considered and evaluated.

Not everyone has welcomed aspects of the new code. Paul Smith, founder of SafeSpeed.org.uk, said: “There’s no evidence that smoking is a significant factor in crashes.

“I’m sick and tired of knee-jerk road safety policies based on pet theories rather than scientific evidence.”



Leave a comment for your chance to win £20 of John Lewis vouchers.

Every issue of Fleet News the editor picks his favourite comment from the past two weeks – get involved for your chance to appear in print and win!

Login to comment


No comments have been made yet.

Compare costs of your company cars

Looking to acquire new vehicles? Check how much they'll cost to run with our Car Running Cost calculator.

What is your BIK car tax liability?

The Fleet News car tax calculator lets you work out tax costs for both employer and employee