New Highway Code rules are coming into force from next week.

It will see cyclists and pedestrians with greater protection as they'll get more priority on the roads.

The Department of Transport (DfT) will publish the new rules on January 29 which is set to include a "hierarchy of road users".

Also it could mean drivers face £200 fines and six points on their licence if they don't follow the rules.

Motorists will be told to prioritise cyclists and pedestrians in a bid to reduce the danger on the streets.

Other key amendments to the Highway Code include guidance for drivers to leave a minimum distance when overtaking cyclists.

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It will also instruct drivers to give way to pedestrians waiting to cross roads at junctions.

There will be a recommendation for cars to reduce the risk of opening a door into the path of a cyclist.

Cycling UK's head of campaigns Duncan Dollimore was concerned the revisions to the Highway Code "are not being communicated".

He said: "Many people won't have read the Highway Code for years so it's essential that the key changes are clearly explained."

Duncan added: "These changes have legal implications. Just as we saw with the introduction of other road safety measures like mandatory seat belts and stricter drink driving laws, the public needs to be accurately informed about the new rules.

"The hierarchy of responsibility and changes to junction priority need to be explained and communicated properly, regardless of whether or not everyone agrees with them."

A DfT spokesman said: "The proposed upcoming changes to the Highway Code will improve safety for cyclists, pedestrians and horse riders and were announced to national press.

"The department has established a working group of key organisations to ensure that messages about the changes are as widespread as possible and our well-established Think! campaign will continue to ensure all road users are aware both when these changes come into effect and beyond."

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