Tuesday, July 27, 2010

The Highway Code - Rules about animals (47 - 58)

The Highway Code Introduction
The Highway Code - Rules for pedestrians(1-35)
The Highway Code - Rules for users of powered wheelchairs and mobility scooters(36-46)
The Highway Code - Rules for horse-drawn vehicles:
Horse-drawn vehicles used on the highway should be operated and
maintained in accordance with standards set out in the Department
for Transport’s Code of Practice for Horse-Drawn Vehicles. This
Code lays down the requirements for a road driving assessment and
includes a comprehensive list of safety checks to ensure that a carriage
and its fittings are safe and in good working order. The standards
set out in the Road Driving Assessment may be required to be
met by a Local Authority if an operator wishes to obtain a local
authority licence to operate a passenger-carrying service
(see ‘Other information’).
Safety equipment and clothing. All horse-drawn vehicles should have
two red rear reflectors. It is safer not to drive at night but if you do,
a light showing white to the front and red to the rear MUST be fitted.
Law RVLR 1989 reg 4

     The Highway Code - Rules for horse riders:
Safety equipment. Children under the age of 14 MUST wear a helmet
which complies with the Regulations. It MUST be fastened securely.
Other riders should also follow these requirements. These requirements
do not apply to a child who is a follower of the Sikh religion while wearing
a turban.Laws H(PHYR) Act 1990, sect 1 & H(PHYR) 
Regulations 1992, reg 3
Other clothing. You should wear
boots or shoes with hard soles and heels
light-coloured or fluorescent clothing in daylight
reflective clothing if you have to ride at night or in poor visibility
Highway Code - Horse Riders (Safety Equipment)
At night. It is safer not to ride on the road at night or in poor visibility,
but if you do, make sure you wear reflective clothing and your horse
has reflective bands above the fetlock joints. A light which shows
white to the front and red to the rear should be fitted, with a band, to
 the rider’s right arm and/or leg/riding boot. If you are leading a
horse at night, carry a light in your right hand, showing white to the
front and red to the rear, and wear reflective clothing on both
you and your horse. It is strongly recommended that a
fluorescent/reflective tail guard is also worn by your horse.
      The Highway Code - Rules for riding:
Before you take a horse on to a road, you should
Ensure all tack fits well and is in good condition
Make sure you can control the horse
Always ride with other, less nervous horses if you think that your horse
will be nervous of traffic. Never ride a horse without both a saddle and
Before riding off or turning, look behind you to make sure it is safe, then
give a clear arm signal. When riding on the road you should
keep to the left
keep both hands on the reins unless you are signalling
keep both feet in the stirrups
not carry another person
not carry anything which might affect your balance or get
tangled up with the reins
keep a horse you are leading to your left
move in the direction of the traffic flow in a one-way street
never ride more than two abreast, and ride in single file
on narrow or busy roads and when riding round bends
You MUST NOT take a horse onto a footpath or pavement, and
you should not take a horse onto a cycle track. Use a bridleway
where possible. Equestrian crossings may be provided for horse
riders to cross the road and you should use these where
available (see Rule 27). You should dismount at level crossings
where a ‘horse rider dismount’ sign is displayed.
Laws HA 1835 sect 72, & R(S)A 1984, sect 129(5)
55) Avoid roundabouts wherever possible. If you use them you should
keep to the left and watch out for vehicles crossing your path
to leave or join the roundabout.
signal right when riding across exits to show you are not
signal left just before you leave the roundabout.
      The Highway Code - Rules for other animals:
Dogs. Do not let a dog out on the road on its own. Keep it
on a short lead when walking on the pavement, road or path
shared with cyclists or horse riders.
When in a vehicle make sure dogs or other animals are
suitably restrained so they cannot distract you while you are
driving or injure you, or themselves, if you stop quickly.
A seat belt  harness, pet carrier, dog cage or dog guard are
ways of restraining animals in cars.
58) Animals being herded. These should be kept under control at all
times. You should, if possible, send another person along the road
in front to warn other road users, especially at a bend or the brow
of a hill. It is safer not to move animals after dark, but if you do, then
wear reflective clothing and ensure that lights are carried (white at the
front and red at the rear of the herd).

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