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3 Highway Code Rules For Pedestrians at Pedestrian Crossings That Might Surprise You

3 Highway Code Rules For Pedestrians at Pedestrian Crossings That Might Surprise You

Did you know that there are 3 rules in The Highway Code that are specifically for pedestrians at Pedestrian Crossings?

Rules 18, 19 and 22 might just surprise you. Have a look here…

Rule 18 (at all crossings)

When using any type of crossing you should:

  • always check that the traffic has stopped before you start to cross or push a pram onto the crossing
  • always cross between the studs or over the zebra markings, do not cross at the side of the crossing or on the zigzag lines, as it can be dangerous

You MUST NOT loiter on any type of crossing.

FACT: It is actually against the law to loiter on any type of crossing

Rule 19 (zebra crossings)

Zebra Crossing 560

Give traffic plenty of time to see you and to stop before you cross. Vehicles will need more time when the road is slippery. Wait until traffic has stopped from both directions or the road is clear before crossing. Remember that traffic does not have to stop until someone has moved onto the crossing. Keep looking both ways, and listening, in case a driver or rider has not seen you and attempts to overtake a vehicle that has stopped.

FACT: Traffic does not have to stop until someone has moved onto the crossing, so it is important to wait until the traffic has stopped from both direction or the road is clear before crossing.

Rule 22 (pelican crossings)

Pelican Crossing 560

These are signal-controlled crossings operated by pedestrians. Push the control button to activate the traffic signals. When the red figure shows, do not cross. When a steady green figure shows, check that traffic has stopped then cross with care. When the green figure begins to flash you should not cross. If you have already started you should have time to finish crossing safely.

FACT: When the green figure begins to flash you should not cross.

To see all the rules for pedestrians at Pedestrian Crossings check out rules 18 – 30 here.

To see all the rules for drivers at Pedestrian Crossings check out rules 191-199.

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