Highway Code Review - Horses

November 2018

Unfortunately, I was unable to attend the Road Safety debate due to other parliamentary commitments. My colleague, Vicky Ford MP raised important points at the Road Safety debate, that align with my views. Horse riders are vulnerable road users, and we need to continue improving awareness of horse riders experience to other road users. 

When the review was first announced, it was encouraging to see the Government committing to update the Highway Code in relation to close passing. Overtaking horses is a dangerous practice which is the root cause of many road incidents involving horses.

The full scope of the review has yet to be determined but will be conducted in consultation with those representing horse riders. In addition to the Highway Code review, work has taken place with the British Horse Society to support its 'Dead Slow' campaign to encourage drivers to pass horses safely.

It is also welcome that the driving theory test contains questions about how drivers should interact with vulnerable road users, including horse riders. The hazard perception test includes a number of clips where horse riders are the hazard, either directly or indirectly. 

I hope this comes as reassurance that the safety of horse riders is taken seriously.