New driving law changes coming into effect tomorrow may affect car insurance ‘over time’

Highway Code changes slammed by Steve McNamara

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Dave Rosall, head of Motor Claims at NFU Mutual has warned the changes may have “implications on determining liability”. However, he said the effects of the changes would only become clear over time” meaning drivers should not face any short-term shocks.

He said: “Although NFU Mutual members will see no change in their cover over the Highway Code changes, the implications of the changes on determining liability in insurance claims will only become clear over time.

“At NFU Mutual, we do all we can to support our members when they need us most.

“But the best protection from personal and financial harm is ultimately to do everything possible to avoid accidents. This starts by respecting road safety and fellow road users.

“Our advice is to protect yourself and others by respecting fellow road users and familiarising yourself with the updated Highway Code as soon as possible.”

The warning comes as many of the rule changes are about shifting responsibility towards drivers.

A new hierarchy of road users system will state drivers of cars are responsible for the safety of pedestrians and cyclists.

Meanwhile, these vulnerable road users will be given extra freedom and priority on the roads.

Pedestrians will have right of way to walk across junctions and roads without a zebra crossing.

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Meanwhile, drivers must give way to cyclists at roundabouts and be prepared for them to cycle in the middle of the road.

The changes mean there is a higher chance the driver, instead of the cyclist or pedestrian, will be found liable in an incident.

A poll from NFU Mutual found 57 percent of British drivers are not aware the new rules are coming into effect tomorrow.

This is higher than a recent AA poll which found 33 percent were completely unaware of the changes.

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