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Review of the Highway Code – what you can do to get horse riders included in the review

18 Oct 2018

The review is set to empower cyclists and pedestrians, with no mention of horse riders.

Please contact your local MP to support The British Horse Society’s call for horse riders to be included in the review of the Highway Code.

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Director of Safety for The British Horse Society, Alan Hiscox, said:

'Although The British Horse Society (BHS) welcomes the Department for Transport’s measures to reduce accidents involving vulnerable road users, we’re disappointed that this review contains no specific mention of the significant dangers faced by horse riders and carriage drivers on UK roads. This is an opportunity to amend Sec 215 of the Highway Code, to include the specific advice to drivers in our 'Dead Slow' road safety campaign. This advice focuses on driver education, as it is clear from the hundreds of incidents reported to us by equestrians that many drivers are simply unaware of how to safely pass a horse on the road. The guidance given in the Highway Code is fundamental in educating drivers about the needs of vulnerable road users, including horse riders, and we therefore hope this forthcoming review will not overlook this important opportunity to improve road safety for the UK’s 1.3 million regular riders. The BHS does not want to feel that horse riders are the forgotten vulnerable road users.’

The British Horse Society will be contacting the Department for Transport to raise their concerns about horse riders being excluded from this review.

The British Horse Society works with MP’s and local authorities, cycling groups and commercial transport firms to educate and change driver behaviour. The BHS encourages horse riders to wear hi-viz at all times on the road, even in bright sunlight. Riders can report horse accidents to the BHS horse accidents website: www.horseaccidents.org.uk

For the full press release is available here.

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