Sunday, August 1, 2010

The Highway Code - Rules for Motorcyclists(83-88)

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 about animals (47 - 58)
The Highway Code - Rules for cyclists(59-82)
These rules are in addition to those in the following sections, which apply
to all vehicles (except the motorway section). See also ‘You and your
On all journeys, the rider and pillion passenger on a motorcycle, 
scooter or moped MUST wear a protective helmet. This does 
not apply to a follower of the Sikh religion while wearinga turban. 
Helmets MUST comply with the Regulations and they MUST
  be fastened securely. Riders and passengers of motor tricycles 
and quadricycles, also called quadbikes, should also wear a 
protective helmet. Before each journey check that your helmet 
visor is clean and in good condition.
Laws RTA 1988 sects 16 &17 & MC(PH)R as amended reg 4
84) It is also advisable to wear eye protectors, which MUST comply with the
Regulations. Scratched or poorly fitting eye protectors can limit your view
when riding, particularly in bright sunshine and the hours of darkness.
Consider wearing ear protection. Strong boots, gloves and suitable
clothing may help to protect you if you are involved in a collision.
Laws RTA sect 18 & MC(EP)R as amended reg 4
85) You MUST NOT carry more than one pillion passenger who MUST
sit astride the machine on a proper seat. They should face forward with
both feet on the footrests. You MUST NOT carry a pillion passenger
unless your motor cycle is designed to do so. Provisional licence holders
MUST NOT carry a pillion passenger.
Law RTA 1988 sect 23, MV(DL)R 1999 reg 16(6) & 
CUR 1986 reg 102
Daylight riding. Make yourself as visible as possible from the side as well as the front and rear. You could wear a light or brightly coloured helmet and fluorescent clothing or strips. Dipped headlights, even in good daylight, may also make you more conspicuous. However, be aware that other vehicle drivers may still not have seen you, or judged your distance or speed correctly, especially at junctions.
Highway Code - Daylight Riding
87) Riding in the dark. Wear reflective clothing or strips to improve your
visibility in the dark. These reflect light from the headlamps of other
vehicles, making you visible from a longer distance.
See Rules 113–116 for lighting requirements.
88) Manoeuvring. You should be aware of what is behind and to the
sides before manoeuvring. Look behind you; use mirrors if they
are fitted. When in traffic queues look out for pedestrians crossing
between vehicles and vehicles emerging from junctions or changing
lanes. Position yourself so that drivers in front can see you in their
mirrors. Additionally, when filtering in slow-moving traffic, take
care and keep your speed low.

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