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Oxford Neighbourhood Watch and Community Weekly Newsletter 9-1-22

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May I wish each of you sincere good wishes for 2022 with the first weekly newsletter in the New Year.

Oxford Neighbourhood Watch and Community Weekly Newsletter 9-1-22
collated by Maggie Lewis - Voluntary Area Neighbourhood Watch Representative
and  Administrator covering Oxford . 
Please share and care. 
This weekly newsletter is for reading and/or sharing in entirety or copying and pasting. 
The index is available so you can read all or just the items of interest. There is no rating of importance of articles and I may research and add to received items that are collated. Any contributions and interactions will be gratefully received.
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Neighbourhood Watch Network
1) A new logo to celebrate 40 years 
Oxford Neighbourhood Watch
1) Neighbourliness
2) A Plan Insurance 2022
West Yorkshire Police
1) Missing woman appeal
Thames Valley Violence Reduction Unit
1) Knife Crime - a personal experience
 Police and Crime Commissioner
1) Knife crime
Thames Valley Police (Oxford)
1) Theft in Cornmarket 
2) Wanted man 
3) Hythe Bridge Street 
Neighbourhood Policing Team
1) Cowley Police = thank you to PCSO Jan Billingham
2) North Oxford, Jericho, Abingdon Road and Botley Road
3) Rose Hill, Littlemore and Iffley
Crime Prevention
1) Key Messages 
2) Key Facts about calling 999 and pressing 55
Crime Information
1)  Crimestoppers
2)  Domestic Abuse
3)  Victims First
4) PCC Seeks Your Views on The Thames Valley Police Budget
Scams 
1) Covid-19 booster jabs
2) What is phishing?
Oxford City Council
1) New iphone app
2) Christmas tree collection
3) Household Support Grant for Residents
Oxfordshire County Council
1) School reception applications
2) Dry January
3) Recycling record
Oxfordshire Fire and Service
1)Smoke alarms
2) Safe driving
General Information
1) Department of Health and Social care
2) Important  Highway Code changes
 
NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH NETWORK (attachment)
1) 40 years and a new logo to celebrate 2022
For the past 40 years, we have supported and enabled individuals and communities to be connected, active and safe. We have grown in strength since the first UK scheme was established in Mollington, Cheshire, in 1982, to the largest UK crime prevention charity that we are today. In recognition of this milestone and to celebrate our rich history, we are thrilled to launch a special-edition logo to be used throughout 2022.
With a tested brand recognition of 95%, our 40th-anniversary logo reflects our widely recognisable yellow roundel whilst introducing a softer teal to our colour palette. The new central image celebrates and reflects our communities' uniqueness and togetherness. The teal colour will be formally adopted as an additional Neighbourhood Watch core colour later in the year, but Neighbourhood Watch representatives can start using the colour from now. (Pantone 7716C; RGB 1,161,161; CMYK 100,0,0,37; #00A1A1)
Neighbourhood Watch groups can use this special-edition logo throughout 2022 or continue using our standard traditional logo. Download the logo to start using it. https://www.ourwatch.org.uk/support/brand-guidelines-logo
It's a new year and a new logo but the same Neighbourhood Watch.

OXFORD NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH
1) Neighbourliness
A Neighbourhood Watch is a great way to get to know your neighbours so that you can build up community resilience.   The scheme is FREE and offers a number of offers from security firms and the deterrents of road signs and window stickers are available. 
One of the best ways you can help is to join or start a Neighbourhood Watch Scheme in your area. Neighbourhood Watch schemes are owned and operated by their members, supported by the police. You will be sent crime information and advice and if you are interested in starting a scheme then please reply below. 
You can be an individual member but most benefits are gained by belonging to a Watch where the scheme is run in the way that suits  members. For some it will be information sharing and for others (dependent on Government guidelines) the group may add other activities eg holding meetings, have get-togethers and street parties. 
Also you will know the residents on your street that do not use the internet or may be vulnerable or elderly and Watches can help protect and give advice. It is not about being nosy - it is about caring and being supportive to others and also protecting yourselves. No matter how small or large -every group that is active is valued and can offer neighbourliness while watching out and helping neighbours eg checking on houses when neighbours are away, putting out bins, knowing when soemthing is 'not right' etc.

If you are a NW member and want to have a NW window sticker (this can be a deterrent in itself) please let me know and I will deliver but please bear with me as I tend to deliver to areas if possible.

2) A Plan (attachment)
A Plan continue to give a donation to Oxford Neighbourhood Watch to anyone taking  house and car insurance. My advice is to negotiate any insurance deals but with A Plan there is an added local benefit.

POLICE NOTICES
West Yorkshire Police
1) Missing Woman Appeal (photo attachment)
Police are appealing for information on the whereabouts of Rosalind Austin, who has been reported missing.
Rosalind, 43, was last seen on 23 December 2021 in the Hebden Bridge area. She is described as white, around 5ft tall, with blue eyes and black hair, usually in a ponytail.
Officers are concerned for her welfare and are making enquires to try and locate. They are also appealing to the public to assist.
She is known to have links to Oxford and Bath.
Anyone with information is asked to contact 101, quoting incident 846 of 6 January 2022.

Thames Valley Violence Reduction Unit
1) Knife Crime from personal experience
This is an interesting article showing the transformation from a knife crime perpetrator-
‘There are no bad kids. Just kids making bad choices’: the campaigner battling youth knife crime
https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2022/jan/01/guardian-angel-former-gangster-battling-youth-knife

Police and Crime Commissioner
1) Knife Crime
The statistics on knife crime in Thames Valley are remarkably positive. The lockdown restrictions that we all endured last year unsurprisingly had the side-effect of reducing many types of crime, but even taking this into account, serious violence, including knife crime is down and across Thames Valley.
 
The latest figures show that, by population, we currently have the lowest levels of serious violence of any police force in England and Wales.
This welcome trend is however no excuse for complacency. We’ve all seen the headlines that retell the tragedy of lives lost and families broken. These statistics that show the successes of proactive policing are of little comfort to those who have had loved ones ripped away from them in recent months through the unthinking violence of others. Too many families will face this Christmas with an aching wound that will never fully heal.
Effective though the approach by the police is proving to be, the problem is one that goes beyond law enforcement.
 
When knives are involved, the difference between a serious assault or a murder can be just a matter of inches, or the speed of the emergency response. This truth is even more stark when looking at the age of some of those involved. Although the police will be dealing with gangs and drug offences we’re often not talking about hardened criminals, but children who are making - sometime fatal - mistakes.
 
That’s why the police cannot solve this problem alone. My Violence Reduction Unit brings together schools, social services, the NHS and others, seeking to get ahead of the problem. Changing attitudes, identifying those at risk of becoming involved in violent crime and attempting to prevent things from escalating out of control.
 
We all have a role to play. If you know or suspect someone is carry a knife, please report it to the police by calling 101. Often people are nervous of criminalising family and friends, but early intervention will mean a proportionate response and may prevent the most serious consequences next year, next month or next week. Your call might save a life.
 
The approach of proactive policing, taking knives off our streets, whilst also working to stop young people picking up weapons in the first place is getting traction and we’re seeing those successes in falling rates of violent crime.
 
Of course for those who mourn lives lost or irrevocably altered there are no words of comfort I can offer to ease the pain this Christmas. The evidence is however that we’re moving in the right direction and there is hope that we will see fewer families suffering the same way in the future.

Thames Valley Police (Oxford)
1) Theft in Cornmarket (attachment)
CCTV images released following theft – Cornmarket

Thames Valley Police is releasing CCTV images of three people officers would like to speak to following thefts in Oxford.
At around 1pm on Thursday 25 November the first victim, an elderly man, was withdrawing money from a cash point inside the Barclays bank on Cornmarket Street when he was asked to swap money by an unknown woman. The victim realised he accidently gave the woman too much money and confronted her, and a man she was with. The victim raised the suspicious activity with the bank who noticed the man watching the victim as he entered his PIN number at the cash point.
At around 1.40pm the second victim, an elderly woman, entered Barclays bank and spoke to staff members about direct debit payments. The victim then entered Marks and Spencer on Queen Street in Oxford, when an unknown woman and man approached her and told her that she had dropped some money. As the victim approaches the till, she releases she has lost her bank card, and it has been used to withdraw cash over six transactions.
Investigating Officer, PC Holly Bradley, based at Cowley police station, said: “We are releasing these CCTV images as we believe these individuals may have vital information that could help us with the investigation.
“Anyone with information can contact police by calling 101 or making a report online, quoting reference 43210533770.
“Alternatively, if you wish to remain anonymous, you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111, or via their website.”

2) Appeal to trace man wanted in connection to sexual offences – Oxford (image attachment)
Thames Valley Police is appealing for the public’s help to trace a man wanted in connection to a spate of sexual offences in Oxford.
Vasile Iroftei, aged 31, is wanted in relation to a series of sexual assaults over clothing in the city in 2019 and 2020.
A man collecting scrap metal would talk his way into the rear gardens of several women in their thirties before sexually assaulting them by forcibly kissing and touching them.
Iroftei is described as a Romanian/Eastern European man, approximately 5ft 6-8inches tall, of stocky build, with very short or shaved dark hair and stubble.
He speaks English with a heavy Eastern European accent and is known to frequent the Wolverhampton area.
If Iroftei is seen in public, then call 999 and do not approach him. To provide information about his whereabouts, call 101.
Detective Constable James Salt, based at Oxford police station, said: “I would like to speak to Vasile Iroftei regarding this investigation and am appealing for assistance from anyone who may know of him or his whereabouts.
“If anyone has any information that could assist, then please call Thames Valley Police on 101 and quote reference 43200233611.
“Alternatively if you wish to remain anonymous, then information can be passed through Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”

3) CCTV images released following a sexual assault – Oxford (Hythe Bridge Street) (image attachment)
Thames Valley Police is releasing CCTV images of a man that officers would like to speak to in connection with a sexual assault in Oxford.
At around 10.23pm on Sunday December 12, an 18-year-old woman was walking down Hythe Bridge Street with a friend in the direction of Oxford Train Station.
They stopped outside the Lung Wah Chong Chinese Supermarket where the offender has approached them.
The offender touched the victim inappropriately over her clothing.
The victim and her friend then ran off to Sainsburys on Park End Street and were followed by the offender.
The offender remained outside Sainsburys so the victim and her friend asked a member of staff at the store to accompany them to the train station as they didn’t feel safe.
The offender followed them to the station before being spooked by staff and running off.  
Investigating officer, PC Cameron Woods based at Cowley police station, said:” We are releasing CCTV images of a man we believe may have vital information in relation to this incident.
“If you recognise the man in the images please call Thames Valley Police on 101 quoting the reference 43210561162.
“Alternatively you can make a report online or call the independent charity Crimestoppers 100% anonymously on 0800 555 111.

NEIGHBOURHOOD POLICING TEAMS
1) Cowley and Wood Farm
PSCO Jan Billingham- many residents in Cowley will know Jan who has been a PCSO for many years in our neighbourhood.  Jan has informed me that she will be retiring on January 27th and this will be a sad loss to our community. Jan is known as a visible 'bobby on the beat' and available to chat to all of us.  I am sure that you will want to wish her a happy retirement and future fulfilment as I know she has a lot more to offer. 

On a  personal note I would like to share a story about Jan. Back in 2018 and taking over  the admin, and the  organization of Neighbourhood Watch in Oxford from Michelle Beahan was extremely challenging. Michelle had been brilliant administrator and supporter for Neighbourhood Watch  . When that role  came to me it was a bit of a shell shock for me (and for members) and was a difficult time when I considered leaving. Then Jan encouraged me by being supportive and saying "you'll get there".  Those three words have stayed with me and a main reason for staying. The success of Neighbourhood Watch has always been based on the relationship between the community and the police and other organizations and I hope this will continue.

I know how much Jan enjoyed being part of the Cowley neighbourhood policing team and also how much encouragement and advice she gave to  new police officers- one is now a detective and another working with the PCC. I hope she remains proud of her legacy in Cowley by helping  making our community safer. She was a very kind, modest and open person who genuinely cared about Cowley and wanted to make a difference - she did and probably in far more ways than she realized. 
She said she contacted me 'out of respect' - well,  that is mutual.
If anyone would like to send her a message then please email or reply here and I will make sure she gets them before she starts a new chapter in her life. On behalf of the residents in Cowley we wish her well.

2) Happy New Year (attachment photo of the NHPT team)
We look forward to continuing to work with you in 2022.from the
North Oxford, Jericho, Abingdon Road and Botley Road Neighbourhood Police Team

3) Rose Hill, Littlemore and Iffley (attachment)
Have Your Say-
Come along and speak to your local neighbourhood policing team at the Oval Shops, Rosehill from 15:00hrs - 18:00hrs on Tuesday 11th January to discuss any issues or concerns you may have.

CRIME PREVENTION
1) Key messages
With the dark nights upon us, we expect that the number of burglaries to increase.   The impact of your home being burgled is immense both financially and mentally.   Yet it is common for us to delay doing basic security things until a close friend or you are attacked. Having the time or money to buy security measures can be a reason.
Rather that telling you to go out and spend lots of money on expensive security products I want to focus on the basics that may  prevent you from becoming a victim.

Key Messages
1 ;   Keep a light on.   Give your house the appearance that somebody is at home.
2 ;   Make sure you lock your doors.  Make sure you challenge your family if they are not doing this. CCTV has shown that this is the first port of call for a burglar is trying the front door handle.
3 ;   Lock your gate.   Stop people from having free access to the rear or side of your house.
4 ;   Beware of keyless car theft.   Buy a Faraday box or pouch to protect them.
5 ;   Seen something suspicious - call it in.   You know your neighbourhood better than anyone else!  If something is not sitting right with you, act on this and do not be afraid to call the Police.  If you think it could be a burglary or theft of vehicle then call 999.
6: Become a NW member.

2) Key Facts about calling 999 and pressing 55 (attachment)

CRIME INFORMATION 
1) Crimestoppers   
Know something about a local crime but don’t want anyone to find out you spoke up?
Tell our charity what you know 100% anonymously on 0800 555 111 or click to fill in our easy to use online form.
Our trained team will take down the details of the crime, but never any personal details about you. You’ll have no police contact, no witness statements and no court appearances.
The only person who will ever know you got in touch is you.

2) Domestic Abuse
Domestic Abuse Includes:
physical violence,
emotional abuse
psychological abuse
economic abuse
threats
control
coercion
sexual violence
Often the first step to breaking the cycle of domestic abuse is to speak to someone about it.  There are people who will listen, not judge and provide you with support, no matter what situation you are in.
1 In 4 Victims of Domestic Homicides Are Over The Age of 60
It's never too late to ask for help whatever age you are!

Oxfordshire Domestic Abuse Service
0800 731 0055
National Domestic Abuse Helpline
0808 200 0247

25% of LGBTQ+ people suffer through violent or threatening relationships.
It can be hard for LGBTQ+ domestic victims to seek help because they may not want to disclose their gender or sexuality to police or other organisations.

DON'T SIT IN SILENCE!
Galop
0800 999 5428

3) Victims First
Victims First is an organization funded by the PCC in Thames Valley -if you contact Victim Support (as many will know the more familiar name) you will automatically be  transferred to Victims First
We're here and available to take your calls. If you've been a victim of crime or abuse & need support, please contact us
We can offer support regardless of when the crime took place & whether or not you've reported it to the police
📞 0300 1234 148
💻 victims-first.org.uk

4) PCC Seeks Your Views on The Thames Valley Police Budget
Message sent on behalf of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Thames Valley.
The Police and Crime Commissioner for Thames Valley, Matthew BARBER, has launched an online survey seeking views on the budget for Thames Valley Police for 2022/23.

On 16 DECEMBER, the Home Office announced the funding settlement for Police forces across the country for the next financial year.   In Thames Valley, this means an additional £ 15.5 m in Government grant to pay for a further increase of 244 police officers (including 13 for the South East Regional Organised Crime Unit, SEROCU) next year.   The increase in officers is part of the national uplift programme that will see 20,000 additional officers across the country by MARCH 2023.   In the Thames Valley, we have already seen the positive effects of recruitment with more Police officers than a decade ago and, in addition to the Home Office funded recruitment, Police and Crime Commissioner, Matthew BARBER, is seeking to fund additional future growth to ensure that police officer numbers increase in-line with our population.

Despite the increase in funding from government, there continue to be cost pressures on the Force, and the public rightly expect to see improving performance in order to keep us all safe and bring criminals to justice. Alongside the funding from the Home Office, the Government has also allowed Police and Crime Commissioners to increase council tax by up to £ 10 (for a Band D property) in order to make additional investments in policing.   This monetary increase is called a precept.   There are eight council tax bands but nationally Band D properties are used as the benchmark. In Thames Valley, that means that for less than 20 p a week for the average household, more than £ 9 m could be invested in frontline policing.

Earlier this year, Matthew BARBER published his Police and Criminal Justice Plan which sets out the following priorities for Thames Valley Police:
Strong local Policing – recruiting more Police officers, supporting neighbourhood Policing teams and focussing on local crimes such as vehicle crime, burglaries and anti-social behaviour.   Ensuring that we protect victims of domestic abuse and ensure that everyone can feel safe on our streets
Fighting organised crime – tackling county-lines drugs gangs that exploit young people and drive serious violence in our communities
Tackling cyber crime and fraud – ensuring that the Police and other agencies are equipped to protect you and your family from scams and fraud
Improving the criminal justice system – bringing more criminals to justice, bringing more cases of domestic abuse, sexual assault and rapes to court and reducing reoffending
Tackling illegal encampments – ensuring the Police and local authorities take a firm but fair approach
Matthew added: “Final decisions on council tax and budget priorities will be made at the end of January, and by contributing your views now you can help play your part in shaping how Thames Valley Police continues to improve and tackle crime across our communities.”
The survey can be completed at https://survey.alchemer.eu/s3/90415648/Council-Tax-Survey-2022-23. It is open for your feedback until 5pm on Tuesday 18 January 2022.

SCAMS
Friends Against Scams
1) Covid-19 booster jabs
 · Beware of potential scams related to Covid-19 booster jabs.
In the past criminals have used text messages, phone calls, fake websites and in person visits to try and trick people into making a payment or handing over their financial information.
Remember the NHS will never:
Ask for payment or bank details – the vaccine is free.
Arrive unannounced at your home to administer the vaccine.
Ask you to prove your identity by sending copies of personal documents such as your passport or driving license.

2) What is phishing?  (attachment)
🤔What is phishing?
'Phishing' is when criminals use scam emails, text messages or phone calls to trick their victims. The aim is often to make you visit a website, which may download a virus onto your computer, or steal bank details or other personal information.
📨Report a scam email:
If you have received an email which you’re not quite sure about, forward it to report@phishing.gov.uk
📲Report a scam text message:
If you forward a text to 7726, your provider can investigate the origin of the text and arrange to block or ban the sender, if it’s found to be malicious.
📞Getting scam phone calls?
Many providers can give you caller display etc. 
🌐Report a scam website:
You can report a suspicious website link or URL using the form on this page https://www.ncsc.gov.uk/.../about.../report-scam-website
📰Report a scam advert:
If you see a suspicious ad in a paid-for space, you can report it to the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) https://www.asa.org.uk/make.../report-an-online-scam-ad.html

OXFORD CITY COUNCIL
1) Oxford City Council app designed for iphones
Please check for new iphone app on
https://apps.apple.com/app/id928865919?fbclid=IwAR1lxCSmC3GuFtVnCVN_l6J25gtYu7gu5Fp9SX2Omv8_vlLSvORjutyPQwI

2) Christmas Tree Collection
Till  the 28th January, you can recycle your real, naked Christmas trees at the kerbside! Just follow these steps
Put your real Christmas tree out on your regular green bin day
Make sure it's free of any pots, decorations or adornments
If you live in a communal flat site, please take your real tree to one of our collection points instead
Find out more at oxford.gov.uk/recycling

3) Household Support Grant for Residents
What to do if you need support with essential items like food or household bills

https://www.oxford.gov.uk/info/20044/grants/1484/household_support_grant_hsg
Find free and low cost food support services
Contact your local advice centre
Get advice on reducing bills and getting the best deals with Money Saving Expert
Get help with prepayment energy meters
Get help with your water bill
Call Oxford City Council on 01865 249811
Complete our online referral form

OXFORDSHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL
1) School reception applications
Reception applications close on the 15 January.
Parents and carers of children born between 1 September 2017 and 31 August 2018 can now apply for infant or primary school, to begin Reception in September 2022.
For information on the process and to apply
http://www.oxfordshire.gov.uk/

2) Dry January
One in four people who drink alcohol want to cut down so here are five top tips for Dry January from our colleagues at Alcohol Change UK
1- throw it away
2 - make a plan for situations where alcohol is on offer
3 - treat yourself
4 - assemble your support group
5 - fill the gap with fun stuff

https://alcoholchange.org.uk/get-involved/campaigns/dry-january

3) Recycling record
For the eighth year in a row, residents in Oxfordshire have topped the table nationally when it comes to recycling, reusing, and composting.
Oxfordshire County Council has once again been named the best performing county council waste disposal authority in England. In 2020-21, residents recycled, reused, or composted 59.5 per cent of their household waste, an increase on the previous year’s figure of 58.8 per cent, according to government figures.

OXFORDSHIRE FIRE AND RESCUE
1) Smoke alarms – do you have at least one on every level?
Every year the fire and rescue service is called to over 600,000 fires which result in over 800 deaths and over 17,000 injuries. About 50,000 (140 a day) of these are in the home and kill nearly 500 and injure over 11,000, many which could have been prevented if people had an early warning and were able to get out in time. In fact you are twice as likely to die in a house fire that has no smoke alarm than a house that does.
Having a smoke alarm could help save your home and the lives of you and your family. Visit our site for a free visit from your local firefighters
http://www.365alive.co.uk/cms/content/safe-and-well
https://youtu.be/Ptm6kIJ8zaI

Working smoke alarms save lives, but only if they’re in the right place. One on every level is an absolute minimum! Take responsibility for your household’s safety – fit working smoke alarms on every level of your home. http://bit.ly/1istP3H 
Will you hear your smoke alarms beep if you’re asleep? Only if one's nearby!
Have at least 1 on every level of your home.
Press to test your smoke alarms, it could just save you and your loved one’s lives. 
http://www.365alive.co.uk/cms/content/smoke-alarms-0

2) Safe Driving (attachment)
I would like to add a personal note that if you use or see someone using antifreeze the use and disposal need to have extreme care. The taste and smell of antifreeze is very attractive to cats and dogs but it is often fatal and although pets can fully recover it depends on when they are taken for treatment.

With many returning to work after the Christmas break, make sure to take into account the colder weather that is forecast.
Ensure all vehicle windows and mirrors are clear of ice before you set off and adjust your driving to the conditions.
Slow down and keep a safe distance from the vehicle in front to give yourself enough time to stop

GENERAL INFORMATION
Department of Health and Social Care
1) New COVID-19 vaccination requirements for frontline health and social care staff and volunteers

New regulations require frontline health and social care staff and volunteers, carrying out face to face CQC regulated activity, to be fully vaccinated by 1 April, unless medically exempt.
New COVID-19 vaccination requirements for frontline health and social care staff and volunteers

A 12 week grace period began on 6 January this year, with regulations fully in force from 1 April 2022. Staff must be fully vaccinated or have secured a medical exemption by this date.
Existing care home regulations will also be amended so that new care home staff can be deployed from three weeks after receiving their first COVID-19 vaccine, provided they have arranged and received their second dose within 10 weeks.
Guidance covering all details of the regulations will be published soon.

2) Important Highway Code changes (Oxford Mail article)
Changes to the Highway Code come into effect this month – could you be caught out by updates you knew nothing about?

The Highway Code has evolved and road users unaware of the changes coming into force in 2022 could be caught out.
Detailing everything you need to know about being on the road, including laws, advice and information required to travel safely, the Highway code is a road user’s bible.

It’s not a static document, though, and is occasionally updated based on new learnings. For 2022, a series of updates have been introduced, largely focused on priorities for everyone from pedestrians to HGVs.
However, despite the Department for Transport insisting ‘all road users are aware’ of what’s happening, the AA has warned that two-thirds of the 13,000 people it polled before Christmas did not know changes were coming.
To make sure you don’t get caught out by the rule changes, here’s everything you need to know about what’s new, ahead of their introduction at the end of January.

New Highway Code rules
The focus has been on creating a ‘hierarchy’ of road users, giving priority to those more vulnerable. It means those who can do the greatest harm to others have a higher level of responsibility to reduce the danger.

As an example of this, it is the responsibility of a car driver to be aware of cyclists.

Additional Highway Code changes for vulnerable road users
One that has a good chance of creating some confusion – especially if not everyone is aware of it – is a new rule surrounding crossing priorities for pedestrians.

Now, when a car is turning into a road or exiting a road, they should stop to let pedestrians cross.

Further to being aware of more vulnerable road users, new rules have been introduced relating to turning into a new road or changing lanes.
Now, there’s direct guidance that says you should not turn across the path of a cyclist or horse rider that is continuing ahead on the same road.

In practical terms, it means you should not overtake them shortly before turning left, instead waiting behind them and pulling in once they have passed the junction.

Highway code changes when overtaking cyclists
Speaking of overtaking cyclists, new rules designed to further protect two-wheeled road users suggest that you should leave 1.5 metres when overtaking at speeds of up to 30mph and you should give even more space when overtaking at higher speeds.

What is the Dutch Reach?
The Highway Code now includes a recommendation that you should open the door of a parked car using the ‘Dutch Reach’ method.

This involves using the opposite hand to the one that’s closest to the door making you reach across your body and turn outwards. This means you naturally check what’s coming reducing the risk of opening your door onto a cyclist.
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