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.
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.