Drivers could be hit with £100 fine for stopping or parking by these 12 places in new Highway Code rules

DRIVERS face £100 fines for stopping or parking in several specific places under new Highway Code rules.

Motorists are advised to brush up on the changes introduced in January to avoid being caught out.

The updated rule 243, which came into force on January 29, dictates where vehicles can and cannot wait or park.

The no-go list includes near schools, on bends, and where kerbs have been lowered to help wheelchair users.

Anyone who disobeys the fresh rules faces a fine of £100 – unless they were forced to come to a halt due to stationary traffic.

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The full list of places drivers cannot stop or park includes:

  • Near a school entrance
  • Anywhere you would prevent access for emergency services
  • At or near a bus, tram stop or taxi rank
  • On the approach to a level crossing/tramway crossing
  • Opposite or within 10 metres (32ft) of a junction, except in an authorised parking space
  • Near the brow of a hill or hump bridge
  • Opposite a traffic island or (if this would cause an obstruction) another parked vehicle
  • Where you would force other traffic to enter a tram lane
  • Where the kerb has been lowered to help wheelchair users and powered mobility vehicles
  • In front of an entrance to a property
  • On a bend
  • Where you would obstruct cyclists’ use of cycle facilities, except when forced to do so by stationary traffic

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The updates formed part of a string of reforms to improve the safety of people walking, cycling and riding horses.

It changed the hierarchy of road users, with those who are most vulnerable at the top as they are at higher risk in the event of an accident.

The full hierarchy of road users is:

  1. Pedestrians
  2. Cyclists
  3. Horse riders
  4. Motorcyclists
  5. Cars/taxis
  6. Vans/minibuses
  7. Larger vehicles such as HGVs and buses

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Also among the changes was that motorists must now give way to people crossing or waiting to cross at a junction.

And cyclists should make themselves as visible as possible by riding in the centre of their lane.

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