The Highway Code

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Highway Code
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The Jersey Highway Code is based on the British version with slight modifications
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The Highway Code is a book published in the United Kingdom by the Department for Transport. First published in 1931, it has been revised frequently since. It contains advice on legislation and best practice for road users, including pedestrians, cyclists, and horse riders, as well as drivers or riders of motorised vehicles. This advice is split into sections and numbered rules. The rules are not legally binding in themselves, but either reflect legislation that is (typically indicated by must or must not in the wording) or can taken into account by court looking to determine fault or other driving offences.

The current version is available online on .gov.uk

Other versions have been published for Nothern Ireland and Jersey.

The 1946 version of The Highway Code is available on Sabre as PDFs: part 1 - part 2 - part 3 - part 4.




The Highway Code
Road Basics
Physical layoutSingle track • Single carriageway • Dual carriageway • High Quality Dual Carriageway • Road Widths • Urban Streets • Abandoned Road
Legal typesAll-purpose Road • Special Road • Motorway • Trunk road • Principal road • Classified Numbered road • Classified Unnumbered Road • Unclassified road • Primary Route • Non Primary Route • Right of Way • Unadopted road
Road numbers1922 Road Lists • Classification • Defunct road • Euroroutes • MoT Maps • National Cycle Network • Numbering principles • Numbering anomalies • Disputed Numbers • Recycled number • Unallocated numbers • Fictional Road Numbers • Junction numbers
Road FeaturesAutomatic Bollard • Balancing Pond • Arterial Road • Bott's Dots • Bypass • Cannon • Cats' Eyes • Cattle Grid • CD Lanes • Central Reservation • Chopsticks • Crash Barrier • Cuttings and Embankments • Cycle Lane • Emergency Phone • Escape lane • Expressway • Fingerpost • Flare • Ford • Gore • Green Bridge • Green Wave • Hairpin bend • Hard shoulder • Island • Junction • Layby • Level Crossing • Local Access Road • Managed Motorways • Milestone • Multiplex • No-Car Lane • Oxbow Road • Parapet • Petrol station • Raised Pavement Markers • Ramp Metering • Retaining Wall • Road Studs • Roadside Art • Roadside Quarry • Roadworks • Secret motorway • Signage • Smart Motorway • Snow pole • Speed Limit • Spur • Street Lighting • Surface Dressing • Temporary terminus • Throughpass • Tidal Flow • Tiger tail • Toll booth • Traffic cone • Traffic Signals • Tunnel • Weaving • Wig-Wag Signals
Traffic CalmingBuild-Outs • Chicane • Dragon's Teeth • Pinch Point • Quiet Lane • Rumble strips • Safety Cameras • Sleeping Policeman • Speed bump
Public Transport FeaturesBus Lane • Bus stop • Guided Busway • Park and Ride • Tramway • Trolleybus System
Other termsAnderson report • Guildford Rules • Highway Authority • Highway Code • Motorway alphabet • Pre-Worboys • Primary Destinations • Roads by 10 • Transport alphabet • Worboys report
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