In Northern Ireland the recent changes to The Highway Code in England, Scotland and Wales have not been included in the Highway Code. We therefore are calling all equestrians in Northern Ireland to write to their MLA and ask for The Highway Code in Northern Ireland to be updated.
The British Horse Society Ireland submitted its response to The Department for Infrastructure’s consultation: Proposed content of the new Road Safety Strategy for Northern Ireland to 2030. We shouted, loudly, that horse riders are vulnerable road users alongside walkers and cyclists and that horse riders seemed to not be mentioned within the new Road Safety Strategy consultation.
We referred strongly to extracts from the current Highway Code for Northern Ireland where horse riders are clearly recognised as vulnerable road users.
Road users requiring extra care (204 to 225) | nidirect
Rules about animals (47 to 58) | nidirect
We now wish to go further and to ask for the changes to The Highway Code introduced on 29 January 2022 in England, Scotland and Wales to now be included as part of The Highway Code for Northern Ireland.
As of the 29th January 2022 The Highway Code has been updated in England, Scotland and Wales - The advisory speed at which to pass people riding horses or driving horse-drawn vehicles has been reduced from 15mph to 10mph, and drivers must allow at least 2 metres (6.5 feet) of space.
For more information on the new changes introduced visit
The Highway Code: 8 changes you need to know from 29 January 2022 - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)
Do you horse ride or carriage drive in Northern Ireland?
Now is the time to speak up and call for an update to The Highway Code in Northern Ireland.
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Write or email them ASAP!
The British Horse Society Ireland
The British Horse Society