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Horse Riding: Safety

Question for Department for Transport

UIN 30385, tabled on 8 March 2016

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to improve safety for horses and riders on roads.

Answered on

11 March 2016

Rule 215 of The Highway code gives specific advice on approaching and overtaking horse riders and horse-drawn vehicles safely and with consideration. The theory test contains questions about how drivers should interact with horse riders and the hazard perception test includes a number of clips where horse riders are the hazard.

The “Have Some Horse Sense on the road campaign was launched as part of the THINK! Road Safety Campaign and encouraged drivers to approach horses slowly and give them a wide berth when overtaking. This has been supplemented more recently by the THINK! Rural Roads campaign which reminds drivers to take particular care when driving along country roads.

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