A failure on the part of a person to observe a provision of the Highway Code shall not of itself render that person liable to criminal proceedings of any kind but any such failure may in any proceedings (whether civil or criminal, and including proceedings for an offence under the Traffic Acts, the M11Public Passenger Vehicles Act 1981 or sections 18 to 23 of the M12Transport Act 1985) be relied upon by any party to the proceedings as tending to establish or negative any liability which is in question in those proceedings.
Vorpal wrote:The fact that DfT have adopted Cyclecraft as their official guide to safe cycling in the UK makes that book a legal reference about how cyclists should behave.
I do not think it does make it a legal reference, but the National Standards for Cycle Training are still valuable evidence as an agreed official curriculum for teaching cyclists. They provide good evidence of what is considered to be correct cycling. The greatest risk of prosecution for a cyclist in the primary position is a charge of inconsiderate cycling. It would be hard to convict somebody of this if evidence is presented that they were riding as instructed by the National Standards. As the textbook for National Standards training, the advice in Cyclecraft is useful for providing greater detail on subjects covered by the National Standards.