Re – Road Safety Debate – Parliament – Monday 5th November 2018
As a horse rider I welcome the Government’s recent announcement that the new and improved Highway Code will help keep cyclists and pedestrians safe on the roads; but I was very disappointed that no reference was made to horse riders.
In the DfT press release, Jesse Norman MP said “Britain has some of the safest roads in the world, but we need them to be safer for all, particularly cyclists, pedestrians and other road users.” However it would appear that when considering vulnerable road users, horse riders and carriage drivers are the ‘forgotten’ road users.
There are so many similarities to the way drivers should view cyclists and horse riders when passing that it makes sense to link the two, when reviewing the Highway Code.
I ask you, as my MP, that you raise a question in Monday’s road safety debate, as to why horse riders and carriage drivers are not included in the review of the Highway Code. The British Horse Society report that in the last seven years there have been 40 riders killed, and 237 horses killed as a result of their injuries on our roads. There have been 899 horses injured. 85% of road incidents involving horses are because drivers pass too fast or too close to horses.
The review of the Highway Code should include, at the very least, a strengthening of Sec 215 (Horse Riders and horse drawn vehicles) to include the British horse Society’s Dead Slow advice to drivers on how to pass horses safely.
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