NEW changes of the Highway Code are set to come into effect from the end of January.

The new rules will be implemented from January 29 and will offer more protection to cyclists and pedestrians.

‘Rule H1’ will make sure drivers who can cause the greatest harm on the roads - such as drivers of cars, lorries and vans - will have a larger responsibility for ensure the roads are safe.

There will also be stronger priorities for pedestrians, meaning that drivers will need to give way ‘to pedestrians waiting to cross a zebra crossing, and pedestrians and cyclists wanting to cross a parallel crossing’.

The rule had previously only given them right of way when they were already on the crossing.

There will be stronger priorities for cyclists as well, meaning drivers should ‘not cut across cyclists, horse riders or horse-drawn vehicles going ahead when turning into or out of a junction’.