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#1 31-01-08 07:23:40

Shazzer
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From: Staffs
Registered: 27-01-08
Posts: 203

mini-roundabouts with two lanes approaching

Hi
I read that you have to go round the markings of mini-roundabouts in the Highway code, but my instructor had said you can cut over them if you have to.
I challenged him and the problem seems to have been highlighted by a mini-roundabout in our area that has two lanes approaching, so if you are turning right and in the right lane, in order to carried out the turn without going onto the roundabout, you need to cut across into the left hand lane. He is investigating with his instructors etc to see if it is acceptable for this particular roundabout.

Anyone else had this, got any ideas, your experiences etc??? The roundabout in question is on a test route.

Thanks

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31-01-08 07:23:40

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Re: mini-roundabouts with two lanes approaching




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#2 31-01-08 07:38:34

ExAdiNigel
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From: Plymouth, Devon
Registered: 13-12-04
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Re: mini-roundabouts with two lanes approaching

The Highway Code wrote:

188

Mini-roundabouts. Approach these in the same way as normal roundabouts. All vehicles MUST pass round the central markings except large vehicles which are physically incapable of doing so. Remember, there is less space to manoeuvre and less time to signal. Avoid making U-turns at mini-roundabouts. Beware of others doing this.

[Laws RTA 1988 sect 36 & TSRGD regs 10(1) & 16(1)]

So, unless you are driving a large vehicle which is incapable of going around the roundabout you must go around the roundabout and not over it!

As I tell my pupils, they're roundabouts not speed bumps!

Nigel


National Standards Cycling Instructor, Ex Adi

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#3 31-01-08 07:47:00

Dimmy
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Re: mini-roundabouts with two lanes approaching

I agree with Nigel.
sadly, there are apparently circumstances where this is to be abused. (According to at least 1 DE at Chingford Test Centre, who gave a DF for my candidate doing the CORRECT thing at a mini RA).

http://www.drivertrainingtoday.co.uk/fo … #msg218110


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#4 31-01-08 07:58:15

ExAdiNigel
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From: Plymouth, Devon
Registered: 13-12-04
Posts: 4,739

Re: mini-roundabouts with two lanes approaching

I agree with Nigel.
sadly, there are apparently circumstances where this is to be abused. (According to at least 1 DE at Chingford Test Centre, who gave a DF for my candidate doing the CORRECT thing at a mini RA).

http://www.drivertrainingtoday.co.uk/fo … #msg218110

Did you query that one with his boss?

Nigel


National Standards Cycling Instructor, Ex Adi

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#5 31-01-08 08:17:24

Dimmy
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Re: mini-roundabouts with two lanes approaching

No, it was a pass, so felt little inclination to.

#6 31-01-08 08:32:12

VandADI
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From: Coulsdon, Surrey
Registered: 29-02-04
Posts: 7,596

Re: mini-roundabouts with two lanes approaching

You must avoid cutting into the roundabout, however, because you are turning right this does affect your position in the road regarding the left hand lane, just be aware that you may have a car on the left and hold back slightly from the car when turning right.

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