Review of The Highway Code to improve safety on motorways and high-speed roads

Closed 29 Mar 2021

Opened 1 Mar 2021


This consultation sought views on proposed changes to The Highway Code to improve safety for users of motorways and high-speed roads.

The proposed changes include new and additional guidance on:

  • the availability, appearance and safe use of emergency areas
  • the use of variable speed limits to manage congestion
  • the use of the red ‘X’ sign to close lanes and provide a safer area for the people and vehicles involved in incidents and road works
  • the use of hard shoulders that become extra lanes during periods of congestion
  • how road users can help keep themselves safe in the event of a breakdown
  • how safety cameras are employed to promote compliance with speed limits and lane closures 

You can also view all the proposed changes in the consultation document.

What happens next

A summary of responses, including the next steps, will be published within three months of the consultation.

If you have questions about this consultation please contact:

The Highway Code Consultation Co-ordinator
Highways England
National Traffic Operations Centre
3 Ridgeway
Quinton Business Park
B32 1AF



  • All members of the public


  • Roads