Michael Fabricant has joined with the Association of British Drivers (ABD)
today calling for a copy of the Highway Code to be sent to all road users.
"This could be sent out at the same time as licence renewal reminders so
saving the tax payer additional charges" says Michael Fabricant. "But
when I drive in the West Midlands, I see some appalling driving both on side
roads and on our motorways. I wonder whether some drivers have ever read
the Highway Code".
Whilst it must be recognised that there is far more to safe road use than
obeying a set of instructions, the ABD claim that it is becoming
increasingly obvious that there are many road users who don’t have a clue
how they are supposed to behave on the roads and who are seemingly oblivious
to any of the guidelines and rules set out in the Highway Code. "I agree"
says Michael Fabricant.
ABD Chairman Brian Gregory said: "The Highway Code could be mailed to all
UK residents for very little if any cost if it were sponsored by industry.
We are sure there would be no shortage of companies prepared to pay to
advertise on the cover. The Highway Code is not just for drivers but
contains valuable guidelines for all road users. Although this initiative
would not force people to read the code, it would dramatically increase the
chances of more road users gaining greater awareness about safe road use."
ABD Road Safety spokesman Mark McArthur-Christie said: "Many drivers read
the Highway Code when they learn to drive then never buy another copy. It’s
clear that many are unaware of the many revisions that have taken place over
the years, particularly in relation to roundabout usage, lane discipline on
motorways and dual carriageways and correct use of indicators and lights.
Many pedestrians and cyclists have never read the code at all yet the rules
and guidelines apply equally to these road users who often place themselves
in danger and are most likely to suffer serious consequences."