For those that drive professionally, it is vital to stay up to date with the Highway Code.

The Government has announced a number of changes to the rules on using motorways, so it is as important as ever that you and your colleagues “check the Code” and continue to do so on a regular basis.

Most recent changes

The changes refer to guidance on smart motorways. A total of 33 existing rules will be amended and two new rules introduced, with a number of amendments made to the additional information annexes.

These include:

clearer advice on where to stop in an emergency

the importance of not driving in a lane closed by a Red X

the use of variable speed limits to manage congestion

updated guidance on key factors that contribute to safety-related incidents, including unroadworthy vehicles, tailgating and driving in roadworks

GOV.UK includes a list of the latest updates that have been made, making it quick and easy to see what has changed.

Future changes and print editions

Over the coming months, the DVSA anticipates some further changes to the Highway Code; you will be kept informed of these by email, on GOV.UK and on social media.