Make it part of the driving test to test drivers on how they would approach any situation involving a horse, ridden or loose. If they do not show they know how to safely do so this should be deemed a serious or dangerous fault, and they should not be given their license.
1. Make driving safely around horses a mandatory part of the driving test
04/05/2021 - Petitions
Found: Make it part of the driving test to test drivers on how they would approach any situation involving a
Found: has come easy. Unfortunately, the majority of drivers in this age group, are arrogant. They have a mantra
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: Rules for drivers and motorcyclists
32 6. General rules, techniques and advice for all drivers and riders
Found: areas so more can be done to keep people safe and make them feel safe too. Rural road safety is of great
Found: Written evidence - British Horse SocietyWritten Evidence submitted by The British Horse Society (RSA0077)Executive
1. Road Safety and the Legal Framework
20/11/2018 - Westminster Hall
1: of issues that lead to avoidable road death and serious injury, particularly to vulnerable road users, - Speech Link
2. Safety of Riders and Horses on Rural Roads
04/07/2017 - Westminster Hall
1: this House has considered the safety of riders and horses on rural roads.It is a pleasure to serve - 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. Road Safety
05/11/2018 - Commons Chamber
1: than the one that preceded it, and to many people around this country it is of still greater importance - Speech Link
2: thoughtless behaviour? The principal victims are horse riders, as they are throughout the New Forest often - Speech Link
3: constituency. He may not be aware that, actually, horse riders are mentioned in the Highway Code. Measures - Speech Link
4. Road Safety
16/10/2018 - Westminster Hall
1: Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire alone, all accidents involving speed cost the economy an average of £32.5 million - Speech Link
5. Road Traffic Accident Prevention
06/12/2016 - Westminster Hall
1: forward to this debate.Some hon. Members will know that road traffic accident prevention is a long-term - Speech Link
2: On the subject of the dashboard and distracted drivers, has PACTS come to a view on the modern phenomenon - Speech Link
3: brilliant intervention, because it is in the later part of my speech! It is true that the very sophisticated - Speech Link
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People’s lives can be put at risk when drivers do not know how to drive safely around horses. We must do something to prevent horses getting hit and killed, riders to be injured and cars wrecked.
Drivers need to be better educated on how to drive around horses. The roads are too often not safe for anyone not in a vehicle and unless something is done it could get worse. If we ensure drivers are tested on how to drive safely around horses then at least we’ve tried.
Thursday 20th May 2021
Driving safely around horses is covered in the theory and hazard perception test. All candidates are assessed on awareness, anticipation and planning skills, which are needed if driving around horses.
The topic of driving safely around horses is covered in the theory test and hazard perception test. A number of questions in the car theory test directly ask about horse riders.
In September 2020, theory test case studies were replaced with video clips, one of which involves an encounter with a ridden horse. There are also several available hazard perception clips relating to horses.
Every candidate is assessed on their ability to show awareness, anticipation and planning skills during the practical driving test by demonstrating how they deal with all road users they encounter during their test, which may include horses, vulnerable road users, smaller vehicles and cyclists.
The practical driving test is conducted in a live environment; therefore, it is not possible for every candidate to experience a situation involving driving around horses. If a candidate does encounter a horse while on test, their ability to deal with the situation will be assessed. If they fail to deal with it appropriately, an assessment is made on how far from the expected outcome the candidate was.
In December 2017, changes were made to the practical driving test that allowed for test routes to go further afield and take in more high speed and high-risk roads, particularly country roads and rural locations. As these areas are more likely to contain horses, the opportunity to encounter a horse on test has increased.
The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency has worked with The British Horse Society, and, in 2020, the Government consulted the public on changes to The Highway Code to improve the guidance on sharing the roads with cyclists, pedestrians and horse riders. The aim is to introduce an updated Highway Code in 2021 that will improve safety for cyclists, pedestrians and horse riders. The Highway Code is a source for national driving standards and all future driving theory and practical tests.
Department for Transport