Re-Name the Highway Code Say GEM Motoring Assist
Road Safety champion GEM Motoring Assist (GEM) says it believes the Highway Code, the basis of road regulations and guidance for the safe use of roads by all, needs renaming.
It is inviting road users to suggest a more relevant name that will help this ‘best seller’ to also be the ‘best read book on the shelf’.
GEM says the use of the word ‘code’ is deceptive and misleading.
Chief Executive of GEM, David Williams, explains that the word ‘code’ means something that is hidden and intended to cause confusion. “The purpose of
a code is to contain a hidden message that is only understood by those in the know, he says. That is why it has been used by spies and subversive forces for
generations”. He quotes examples like the Enigma Code, the fictitious DaVinci Code and even the Morse Code which was developed for transmitting radio based shipping messages.
“This is the exact opposite of the intention of the Highway Code, says David. “It is a clear and easy read guide to the rules of good road behaviour and an excellent guide to best conduct of all road users. To use the word ‘code’ is misleading and confusing and it needs a new title”, he says.