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Author: Rob Slade
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Here at ABR, we’re on a mission to get the message out there that filtering is perfectly acceptable for motorcyclists and that other motorists should be aware of that fact.

We started this campaign with a post a couple of weeks ago that received an overwhelming response on social media and as such, we wanted to maintain the momentum of this campaign so it goes even wider and share people’s reactions in the process.

As a motorcyclist, how many times have you been trying to filter through queued traffic only to find cars blocking your way? Many drivers are accommodating to bikers on the roads but there are those who are downright frustrating.

There have been times when we’ve been filtering through traffic only to find a car has moved over to block the path as if to spite us. But the thing is, it’s not wrong. It’s actually our right by law in the UK.

We wanted to spread the word about this so motorcyclists know it’s within their rights, and other motorists know that it is absolutely legal and acceptable for us to do so. The following extracts from the British Highway Code outline the rules for motorists and motorcyclists showing that filtering is perfectly acceptable when done right.

Rule 88 of the Highway Code – Manoeuvring

“You [motorcyclists] should be aware of what is behind and to the sides before manoeuvring. Look behind you; use mirrors if they are fitted. When in traffic queues look out for pedestrians crossing between vehicles and vehicles emerging from junctions or changing lanes.”

And here’s the really key part…

“Position yourself so that drivers in front can see you in their mirrors. Additionally, when filtering in slow-moving traffic, take care and keep your speed low.”

Rule 211

“It is often difficult to see motorcyclists and cyclists, especially when they are coming up from behind, coming out of junctions, at roundabouts, overtaking you or filtering through traffic. Always look out for them before you emerge from a junction; they could be approaching faster than you think. When turning right across a line of slow-moving or stationary traffic, look out for cyclists or motorcyclists on the inside of the traffic you are crossing. Be especially careful when turning, and when changing direction or lane. Be sure to check mirrors and blind spots carefully.”

How to filter safely

Still not convinced? This video (below) from the Hampshire Police Constabulary shows both how acceptable it is to filter, as well as how you should do it safely.

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In an effort to help all motorcyclists, please share this post so that other road users can learn that filtering is legal.

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