The highway code has been around since 1931, and originally was only 18 pages of advice!The modern highway is a lot more comprehensive, and applies to animals, pedestrians, cyclists, motorcyclists and drivers. Here’s what wikipedia says about the code:
Any failure to comply with the Code is not an offence in itself, but can be taken into account by a court. The mandatory rules reflect the Statute Law, which may (and usually does) provide a separate penalty.
Which begs the question, why do we have to learn it? Simple answer is, safety.There are certain elements in the highway code that are legal requirements, and therefore have to be followed/obeyed, so it is imperative that we do learn and understand the rules. Also, don’t forget that you’re tested on the highway code within the Theory test, so it is close to impossible to get a licence without knowing it!It’s also wise to note that sections of the highway code can be used to establish liability under the Road Traffic Act should an issue arise which ultimately ends up in court.
TL;DR ? Learn the highway code, follow it, and ride safe!!
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