Half of road users don't know rules

6th November 2007, Comments 0 comments

6 November 2007, BRUSSELS – Half of road users are not familiar enough with the priority rules. This emerged from a test that the Flemish Motorists' Association (VAB) developed in cooperation with the Belgian Institute for Traffic Safety (BIVV).

6 November 2007

BRUSSELS – Half of road users are not familiar enough with the priority rules. This emerged from a test that the Flemish Motorists' Association (VAB) developed in cooperation with the Belgian Institute for Traffic Safety (BIVV).

In particular rules on right of way with respect to cyclists are not well known. Many road users do not know the difference for instance between a bicycle path and bicycle lane indication. That is why the VAB and the Cyclists Union would like to get rid of the cycle lane indications – usually a red lane without white lines - and replace them with pictograms of bicycles, to make it clearer to motorists. While cyclists currently have right of way on bicycle paths, they do not have priority while in the cycle lane indication area.

Since the launch of the priority test, more than 30,000 Belgians have tested their knowledge of the priority rules on the VAB website. Half of those who took the test failed. Francophones and people under the age of 18 received the worst scores on questions on priority with respect to cyclists.

[Copyright Expatica News 2007]

Subject: Belgian news

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