Fi­nally. Changes to the High­way Code com­ing which could make motorcycling that bit safer

The Depart­ment for Trans­port is con­sid­er­ing ad­ding the Dutch Reach to the High­way Code – mean­ing driv­ers may soon be obliged to open car doors in a whole new way.

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For the unini­ti­ated, the Dutch Reach is a spe­cific method for open­ing cars doors which is thought to have been pi­o­neered in the Nether­lands dur­ing the 70s.

It’s a sim­ple idea – en­cour­ag­ing driv­ers (and pas­sen­gers) to open their door us­ing the hand fur­thest away from the door han­dle, which in turn forces them to turn their body and look be­hind them for cy­clists and bik­ers.

At this stage, the Depart­ment for Trans­port is re­view­ing the idea – be­fore mak­ing a fi­nal de­ci­sion about whether the safety mea­sure should be added to the High­way Code and made into a law.

It may be ac­com­pa­nied by an­other law which would en­sure driv­ers are li­able for the dam­age caused to a bike, should they open their door and hit a mo­tor­cy­clist/cy­clist.

So if you like the sound of this way of of­fi­cial think­ing be­com­ing law, get on the blower or email you MP and see if they can add a bit of their po­lit­i­cal weight be­hind the is­sues.

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