How do you feel hacking on a main road? From experience, the roads are getting busier and busier and some motorists do not seem to understand how to drive safely (or in a few cases considerately) when near horses.
In England and Wales the Highway Code gives guidance on how various road users should safely use highways and byways. Often there is an urban myth that people think that horses should have a right of way but unfortunately, it doesn't say that a horse has priority or right of way.
Ultimately all road users have a duty of care to each other to act in a safe manner and do their utmost to avoid endangering other road users, regardless of who has right of way.
Section 215 of the Highway Code sets out how road users should act when there's a horse on the road. It says that:
- Drivers should take 'great care' and 'treat all horses as a potential hazard'
- Drivers should 'pass wide and slowly' when passing a horse and always listen to a rider's request to slow down or stop.
If a driver doesn't slow down or drives in a dangerous or inconsiderate way around horses on the road, try to get their number plate and report it to your local police station.
For advice on your situation, or any other equine legal matters, please feel free to contact Rebecca Stojak, an equine law specialist, on 0115 945 4678 and firstname.lastname@example.org
Riders feel like the “poor relations” on roads and are not treated with the same respect as drivers, a new study has shown. Independent watchdog Transport Focus, which represents users of England’s motorways and major A roads including cyclists, pedestrians and equestrians, has been researching how these groups’ needs could be better met with new road designs. The organisation met with representatives of the three vulnerable groups of road users to hear about their experiences of using and crossing the strategic road network (SRN). It found riders, “much like cyclists and pedestrians”, felt they were treated “as though they do not deserve to access the network, even if there is no alternative to access where they want to go”.