Important birthday for Highway Code

13.53 | 15 April 2011 |

One of Britain’s best selling and most iconic publications – the Highway Code – has reached its 80th birthday.

The first edition was published on 14 April 1931 in a bid to cut down the number of accidents on Britain’s roads. Despite there only being 2.3 million motor vehicles at the time, more than 7,000 people were killed in road crashes that year.

Mike Penning, road safety minister, said: “The Highway Code is the official guide to using the roads safely and responsibly. The Code has helped to save thousands of lives over the last 80 years, which is cause for celebration.

"The Highway Code is not just for new drivers, it holds crucial information for everyone from experienced motorists and motorcyclists to horse riders and pedestrians.

"The publication offers the latest information on the rules of the roads and road safety advice, as well as promoting greater courtesy and understanding among all road users. Its long-standing success is one of the reasons why Britain’s roads are among the safest in the world."

Despite its age the Highway Code has moved with the times, and can be found online by clicking here.


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