Other Road Users

August 2023

Anyone driving for work, and the company which employs them, has a responsibility to ensure that their vehicle moves safely around other road users, and in particular vulnerable road users.

Recent changes to the Highway Code created a hierarchy of road users which means those who can do most harm – usually the largest vehicles – have the greatest responsibility for road safety. Conversely, those who are most vulnerable need to be treated with the greatest caution. Pedestrians, cyclists, motorcyclists and horse riders make up more than half of those killed on our roads with 39% of pedestrian fatalities involving an at-work driver.

Drivers must act with caution, ensure appropriate speeds and passing distances, and prioritise the safety of those around them.

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What Fleet Managers can do:

  • Read our legal update on the changes to the Highway Code – safety responsibility is on those whose vehicles can do the most harm so ensure your drivers take particular care when moving around those who are more vulnerable than they are.
  • Ensure you share the two second rule with your drivers so they always have time to respond to the unexpected – and give vulnerable road users a very wide berth when overtaking.
  • Pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists are particularly vulnerable to vehicles turning left. Your driver should not assume that other road users understand their sight lines, so always check left before pulling away.

More Other Road Users Resources

Safety moment video

The Highway Code has changed to protect people who walk, cycle and ride horses

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Van Driver Toolkit

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Other Road Users – a legal update


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