Bring in laws to protect horses being ridden on roads

Horses need legal protection from drivers who hit or kill horses being ridden on the roads, as it stands the only law is dangerous driving around horses which is hard to prove as the highway code only gives ADVICE on how to pass horses which means drivers cannot be prosecuted. laws need updating

This petition closed on 2 Nov 2018 with 28,807 signatures

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Recent Documents related to Bring in laws to protect horses being ridden on roads

1. Bring in laws to protect horses being ridden on roads
18/04/2018 - Petitions

Found: Horses need legal protection from drivers who hit or kill horses being ridden on the roads, as it stands

2. British Horse Society - written evidence
01/05/2019 - Inquiry: Road Safety - Transport Committee
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Found: reports of incidents involving vehicles and horses on the UK’s roads from March 2018 to March 2019.Only 1 in

3. Review of The Highway Code to improve road safety for cyclists, pedestrians and horse riders
28/07/2020 - Department for Transport
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Found: Safety Review Consultation on a review of The Highway Code Moving Britain Ahead The Department

4. Mr John Marshall - written evidence
09/09/2019 - Inquiry: Road Safety - Transport Committee
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Found: Marshall (RSA0154) The biggest problem we face on our roads, perhaps in society, is a significant lack of 'self-discipline'

5. Sustrans - written evidence
01/05/2019 - Inquiry: Road Safety - Transport Committee
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Found: current approach to road safety does not effectively protect vulnerable road users or do enough to foster an

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Recent Speeches related to Bring in laws to protect horses being ridden on roads

1. Road Safety and the Legal Framework
20/11/2018 - Westminster Hall

1: That this House has considered road safety and the legal framework.It is a pleasure to serve under - Speech Link

2. Road Safety
05/11/2018 - Commons Chamber

1: With 500 people killed or seriously injured on our roads every week, there is no Member of this House whose - Speech Link
2: an opportunity missed in the revision of the Highway Code in not specifically dealing with the problems - Speech Link
3: mentioned in the Highway Code. Measures are taken in the Highway Code to ensure the protection of horse riders - Speech Link

3. Safety of Riders and Horses on Rural Roads
04/07/2017 - Westminster Hall

1: has considered the safety of riders and horses on rural roads.It is a pleasure to serve under your - Speech Link
2: the problems is that most drivers are unaware that they should not pass horses any faster than 15 miles - Speech Link
3: about raising awareness of how we should use our roads and consider others’ safety, and pressing on the - Speech Link

4. Road Safety
16/10/2018 - Westminster Hall

1: Friend the Minister’s attention to particular roads or even particular accidents, but I will endeavour - Speech Link
2: already known where the most dangerous roads are? They are often roads over moors, in rural areas, where - Speech Link

5. Horse Tethering
20/02/2019 - Commons Chamber

1: long-term tethering of horses. Tethering is the practice of attaching horses to a stake in the ground - Speech Link

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Horses are being left dead on our roads with no compensation to the owner or business. This needs to change, the laws regarding horses on the roads needs to be updated to protect us from drivers who drive off from a scene leaving huge vet fees, dead horses and horses which may never be able to be ridden on the roads again. riders are now using cameras we have evidence which needs action to be taken from the police. businesses are being ruined because of no compensation or any action from the law

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Government Response

The Government has no plans to create new laws to protect riders and horses on public roads. Road users are required to comply with road traffic law, in the interests of the safety of all road users.

If road users do not adopt a responsible attitude, or if their use of the highway creates an unsafe environment or causes nuisance to other road users, there are laws in place that can make them liable for prosecution. The relevant offences include driving dangerously, driving without due care and attention and driving without reasonable consideration for other road users, as set out in Rule 144 of The Highway Code. The Highway Code can be viewed online at:

Although failure to comply with the ‘advisory rules’ of the Code will not, in itself, cause a person to be prosecuted, The Highway Code may be used in evidence in any court proceedings (under the Traffic Acts) to establish liability. This includes the rules which use advisory wording, such as ‘should/should not’ or ‘do/do not’.

Enforcement of the law is a matter for the police, who will decide on the evidence in each individual case whether an offence has been committed and the appropriate action to take.

The Department recognises the importance of the safety of both riders and their horses, on public roads. Every opportunity is taken to remind motorists of their responsibilities towards vulnerable road users, including horse riders. The Highway Code provides the following advice:

Rule 163:
Overtake only when it is safe and legal to do so.

You should give motorcyclists, cyclists and horse riders at least as much room as
you would when overtaking a car.

Rule 215
Horse riders and horse-drawn vehicles. Be particularly careful of horse riders and horse-drawn vehicles especially when overtaking. Always pass wide and slowly. Horse riders are often children, so take extra care and remember riders may ride in double file when escorting a young or inexperienced horse or rider. Look out for horse riders’ and horse drivers’ signals and heed a request to slow down or stop. Take great care and treat all horses as a potential hazard; they can be unpredictable, despite the efforts of their rider/driver.

Through the THINK! Road Safety Campaign, the Department has previously worked with the British Horse Society (BHS) to support their “Dead Slow” campaign to encourage car drivers to pass horses safely. The Department was able to reinforce the BHS campaign by developing a short film that is being promoted as a public information film on UK TV stations.

The Department invested in promoting the film on YouTube and other social media, such as Twitter and Facebook. Leaflets and posters to support the campaign further reminded motorists of the need to be patient when they encounter horses on the road, and supplemented the advice already given in The Highway Code. The leaflets and posters are available free of charge from the THINK! online shop and they are often used by riding groups to support local campaigns. Road safety officers around the country were also encouraged to feature the campaign locally.

The driving theory test contains questions about how drivers should interact with vulnerable road users, including horse riders and the hazard perception test includes a number of clips where horse riders are the hazard, either directly or indirectly. These clips are refreshed and updated periodically.

Where there may speed related issues: The local traffic authorities are responsible for setting speed limits on local roads. They have the flexibility to set local speed limits, that are appropriate for the individual road, reflecting local needs and taking account of local considerations. The Department issued guidance to local highway authorities on setting local speed limits in 2013, which can be viewed online at:

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