1.5m law?

Tonight I was admonished by a motorist for passing on the right (due to a garage and lots of people turning left at a mini roundabout). He was adamant that the Highway Code said that you must cycle within 1.5m of the kerb.

I hadn’t read the highway code since doing my driving test (and I doubt many people, especially this gentleman have either). I said to him that I didn’t believe it was true, but decided to check when I got home. Unsurprisingly, I was correct and there is no mention in the Highway Code of a 1.5m law. If I am challenged about this in the future, I can now be absolutely certain, rather than pretty sure.

Thinking about it, it wouldn’t be a feasible rule, how could you ever turn right, especially if there were more than one lane?

It’d be interesting to know where this urban myth has sprung from, but I will probably never see this person again to correct their prejudice. Oh well.


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