The latest version of the Highway Code has been launched by the Government. This is the first revision for eight years and contains 29 more rules and includes a new safety code for novice and first time drivers.
Reception to the new version has been mixed with support from Government ministers in contrast to scepticism from some industry voices.
I read with interest the newly enforceable laws on smoking, eating, drinking, looking for a radio station or listening to very loud music while at the wheel. Whilst not condoning the actions of a driver stupid enough to carry out any of these actions on a regular basis, a possible prison sentence seems a rather harsh penalty should you be caught.
This tightening of controls against anyone who distracts themselves in any way while driving seems on the face of it an eminently sensible move. However it does beg the question – WHAT NEXT?!. If you are driving with a front seat pasenger to your left, will you soon be breaking the law if you are seen to be turning your head and talking to them?
Further, whilst driving on the M25 on Friday evening, anti-clockwise along the Heathrow stretch I noticed 2 large electronic, colour billboards at the side of motorway. I presume this form of advertising is not breaking any law(s)? My question would be – Is this not a DISTRACTION for drivers on the motorway?!
Their have been several dissenting voices against the new rules, which have been called draconian. Paul Smith, founder of the website SafeSpeed.org.uk, has come out and defended the rights of drivers among Her Majesty’s subjects.
What’s your opinion? Feel free to leave a comment and make a contribution.