Thousands of drivers unaware of ‘important’ new Highway Code rule

Thousands of drivers unaware of ‘important’ new Highway Code rule BLOG Thursday 21st October 2021


Thousands of drivers unaware of ‘important’ new Highway Code rule change to be introduced

Out of 10,000 people surveyed by IAM RoadSmart, 85 percent were unaware of the new Dutch Reach. The new driving law means drivers and passengers must use the hand furthest from the door to exit their vehicles.

This naturally ensures drivers and passengers are turned towards the window, making it difficult not to spot cyclists.

IAMRoadSmart said the new rule was “especially important” and have urged road users to familiarise themselves with the new policy.

Neil Greig, Director of Policy and Research at IAM RoadSmart said just using the mirrors are “ineffective” at stopping incidents.

He said: “Due to blind spots, dirt, glare, or improper adjustment, mirrors alone are ineffective in attempts to put the brakes on cycling injuries and fatalities caused by drivers and passengers exiting their vehicles.

“The Dutch Reach is also especially important for rear passengers, who of course don’t have the benefit of mirrors.”

The Dutch Reach will be mentioned under an updated Rule 239 in the ‘Waiting and parking’ chapter of the Highway Code.

The Code will make clear the new technique will mean drivers were more likely to “avoid cyclists”.

The new text will read: “You should open the door using your hand on the opposite side to the door you are opening, e.g. use your left hand to open a door on your right-hand side.

“This will make you turn your head to look over your shoulder.

“You are then more likely to avoid causing injury to cyclists or motorcyclists passing you on the road, or to people on the pavement.”

The new Highway Code updates will also introduce a new “hierarchy of road users” rule.

This means those who have the potential to do the greatest harm will be most responsible to reduce the danger to other road users.

According to IAMRoadSmart, the new rules mean drivers must now also give way to pedestrians when they are waiting to cross at a zebra crossing.

The new rule will also give priority to pedestrians and cyclists waiting to move at a parallel crossing.

Under the previous rules, drivers only had to stop their vehicles once a pedestrian had started to cross the road.

Mr Greig added: “IAM RoadSmart believes all road users should take equal responsibility for their safety on the roads and that the hierarchy may encourage some to take unnecessary risks.

“While the existing rule states drivers should watch out for pedestrians crossing a road into which you are turning and ‘if they have started to cross’, they have priority.

“The new code makes explicit that pedestrians and cyclists have priority when travelling straight ahead at junctions.”

The Department for Transport said this interim Highway Code review focusses on the most vulnerable groups.

They have not undertaken a full-scale revision of the Highway Code due to the development of new technologies which revolutionise the way people are travelling.

New version of Highway Code with greater protection & reassurance for vulnerable road users was published  7th September 2021

14 April 1931: the first edition of the Highway Code is published.


The UK’s Official TOP 40 Songs of the Summer 2021

Olivia Rodrigo’s year of chart domination continues as she claims the UK’s biggest song of the summer.

The UK has been rocking out to Olivia Rodrigo this summer, as her Number 1 smash Good 4 U claims the Official Song of Summer 2021, can reveal.

The emo-pop-rock track logged 834,000 chart sales over the summer period, according to Official Charts Company data, tracking from the first week of June to the last week of August.

Olivia narrowly beats another huge summer Number 1 – Ed Sheeran’s Bad Habits – which logged 812,000 chart sales across the summer.

Good 4 U became Olivia’s second leader on the Official Singles Chart, hitting the top spot in the first week of June, and notching up a total of five weeks at the summit. Its reign at Number 1 was the longest for a rock-influenced song in 18 years, since Evanescence’s Bring Me To Life.

Four more tracks from the US star’s chart-topping debut album Sour – a collection about adolescence, failed romance and heartache released in June – dominate the summer Top 40: Traitor (13), Deja Vu (18), Drivers License (27), and Favourite Crime (32). View Olivia Rodrigo’s Official UK Chart history so far here.

Also sound-tracking the UK’s sunny(-ish) months is Save Your Tears by The Weeknd, which finishes in third after peaking at Number 2 in June thanks in part to a remix featuring Ariana Grande. Top 3 hits Heartbreak Anthem by Galantis, David Guetta and Little Mix (4), and Kiss Me More by Doja Cat ft. SZA (5) round out the Top 5.

As well as Olivia, pop-punk-rock continued to dominate in summer 2021 thanks to Italian band Måneskin. After winning the Eurovision Song Contest in May, the band went on to land two sizeable summer smashes. I Wanna Be Your Slave (6) and their rendition of Beggin’ (12) both enjoyed Top 10 success across July and August.

As always, this summer saw plenty of club-friendly bangers flourish on the Official Chart, with a quarter of the summer Top 40 made up of dance-pop. Big hits include Jonasu’s Black Magic (10), Joel Corry, Raye and David Guetta’s Bed (15), Becky Hill and Guetta’s Remember (16), Riton, Nightcrawlers, Mufasa and Hypeman’s Friday (25), and Majestic and Boney M’s Rasputin (37).

Elsewhere, this summer saw several rap artists score big on the Official Chart, including Lil Nas X’s chart-topping Montero (Call Me By Your Name) (7), and Tion Wayne & Russ Million’ Body (8) the UK’s first Number 1 drill single. Other popular tracks were Dave and Stormzy’s huge collaboration Clash (20), and Oliver Twist (23), the breakout hit from Brighton rapper ArrDee.

Official Songs of the Summer 2021

POS        TITLE                                                                                    ARTIST                                                                 PEAK

1              GOOD 4 U                                                                            OLIVIA RODRIGO                                            1

2              BAD HABITS                                                                      ED SHEERAN                                                     1

3              SAVE YOUR TEARS                                                        WEEKND                                                              2

4              HEARTBREAK ANTHEM                                              GALANTIS/GUETTA/LITTLE MIX             3

5              KISS ME MORE                                                                 DOJA CAT FT SZA                                           3

6              I WANNA BE YOUR SLAVE                                         MANESKIN                                                         5

7              MONTERO (CALL ME BY YOUR NAME)                LIL NAS X                                                           1

8              BODY                                                                                    TION WAYNE & RUSS MILLIONS             1

9              STAY                                                                                     KID LAROI & JUSTIN BIEBER                    2

10           BLACK MAGIC                                                                 JONASU                                                                3

11           LEVITATING                                                                      DUA LIPA                                                            5

12           BEGGIN                                                                                MANESKIN                                                         6

13           TRAITOR                                                                             OLIVIA RODRIGO                                            5

14           HOLIDAY                                                                            KSI                                                                         2

15           BED                                                                                       JOEL CORRY/RAYE/DAVID GUETTA      3

16           REMEMBER                                                                       BECKY HILL & DAVID GUETTA                3

17           BY YOUR SIDE                                                                 CALVIN HARRIS FT TOM GRENNAN       9

18           DEJA VU                                                                              OLIVIA RODRIGO                                            4

19           3 LIONS                                                                                BADDIEL/SKINNER/LIGHTNING SEED   1

20           CLASH                                                                                  DAVE FT STORMZY                                        2

21           LITTLE BIT OF LOVE                                                     TOM GRENNAN                                                7

22           GOOD WITHOUT                                                              MIMI WEBB                                                       8

23           OLIVER TWIST                                                                 ARRDEE                                                               6

24           LET’S GO HOME TOGETHER                                       ELLA HENDERSON & TOM GRENNAN   10

25           FRIDAY                                                                                RITON/NIGHTCRAWLERS/MUFASA         4

26           BLINDING LIGHTS                                                          WEEKND                                                              1

27           DRIVERS LICENSE                                                          OLIVIA RODRIGO                                            1

28           OUR SONG                                                                          ANNE-MARIE & NIALL HORAN               13

29           PEACHES                                                                             JUSTIN BIEBER/CAESAR/GIVEON            2

30           DIDN’T KNOW                                                                   TOM ZANETTI                                                   14

31           HEAD & HEART                                                               JOEL CORRY FT MNEK                                 1

32           FAVORITE CRIME                                                           OLIVIA RODRIGO                                            17

33           HEAT WAVES                                                                    GLASS ANIMALS                                             19

34           CONFETTI                                                                           LITTLE MIX                                                       9

35           FLY AWAY                                                                          TONES & I                                                          11

36           THE BUSINESS                                                                  TIESTO                                                                 3

37           RASPUTIN                                                                           MAJESTIC & BONEY M                                 11

38           HIGHER POWER                                                               COLDPLAY                                                         12

39           RAPSTAR                                                                             POLO G                                                                3

40           ASTRONAUT IN THE OCEAN                                      MASKED WOLF                                                12


By Rob Copsey    ©2021 Official Charts Company. All rights reserved.


REMEMBER: The most wasted of all days is one without laughter.

– Nicolas Chamfort



Sing the song that only you can sing, write the book that only you can write, build the product that only you can build… live the life that only you can live. Naval Ravikant


Happiness is…reading the new highway code.


The easiest job in the world has to be coroner. What’s the worst thing that could happen? If everything goes wrong, maybe you’d get a pulse.


Love is…letting her take the tiller.


A time for only 2.3 million motor vehicles on British roads in 1934 the year of the 1st Highway code…A time for 38.6 million licensed vehicles on Great Britain’s roads in March 2021 just before the latest Highway code published.


21st October

1854 Florence Nightingale and a staff of 38 women volunteer nurses that she trained, were deployed to the Crimea, where the main British camp was based, fighting in the Crimean War. During her first winter at Scutari, ten times more soldiers died from illnesses such as typhus, typhoid, cholera and dysentery than from battle wounds. She had the sewers flushed and ventilation improved. Almost six months after her arrival death rates were sharply reduced.

1966 144 people, 116 of them children, were killed in the small Welsh mining village of Aberfan when tons of slush, from a nearby coal slag tip weakened by rain, slid downhill and engulfed the village school, a farm and a row of terraced houses. The tragedy occurred at the beginning of the school day and on the day before the school closed for the half-term holiday. The children are buried in Aberfan’s cemetery, on the hillside above the valley.

1975 Britain’s unemployment figure reached 1,000,000 for the first time since World War II.

1997 ‘Candle in the Wind’ – the re-working of the hit single Elton John sang live at the funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales, was declared the biggest selling single in music history.



©2021 Phil M Robinson