New Highway Code rules have modified who receives priority at roundabouts

1 April 2022

At roundabouts, a new provision in the Highway Code has changed who receives priority.

At a roundabout, drivers were previously granted priority.

On roundabouts, however, road users will be required to give cyclists priority under a new part of Rule 186.

It reads:

You should give priority to cyclists on the roundabout. They will be travelling more slowly than motorised traffic. Give them plenty of room and do not attempt to overtake them within their lane. Allow them to move across your path as they travel around the roundabout. Cyclists, horse riders and horse drawn vehicles may stay in the left-hand lane when they intend to continue across or around the roundabout and should signal right to show you they are not leaving the roundabout. Drivers should take extra care when entering a roundabout to ensure that they do not cut across cyclists, horse riders or horse drawn vehicles in the left-hand lane, who are continuing around the roundabout.

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