Giving Way to Pedestrians at Junctions

Giving Way to Pedestrians at Junctions and How it’s Marked on the British Driving Test

The Highway Code had some changes made to it in 2022. Perhaps the most controversial rule it’s about giving way to pedestrians at junctions. There has already been some confusion with drivers, which has been causing a few problems.

So the question is – when to give way and when not to give way?

Rule H2 applies to drivers, motorcyclists horse-drawn vehicles, horse riders and cyclists. It reads:

“At a junction you should give way to pedestrians crossing or waiting to cross a road into which or from which you are turning.”

From January 2022 a pedestrian waiting to cross should be given priority. Previously, drivers were told to give way to pedestrians if they ‘have started crossing and traffic wants to turn into the road’. The change also appears in the revised Rule 170.

Rule H2 also advises drivers on pedestrian priority at zebra crossings. Rule 195 goes into more detail and tells us that drivers:

  • MUST give way when a pedestrian has moved onto a crossing
  • SHOULD give way when a pedestrian is waiting to cross

Although drivers are asked to give way more often, pedestrians still have a responsibility to cross safely. A new addition to Rule 8 makes it clear that pedestrians should ‘cross at a place where drivers can see you.’

Richard Fanders Explains Giving Way to Pedestrians at Junctions…Watch the
Video Below!

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