Re: Uni Pub Crawls - Unis and the Law (UK)
> Emil wrote :
> > This is from the Uni FAQ off unicycling.org.
> Followed by some legal stuff that I posted about 5 years ago.
And I responded:
> A couple of years after that, I read about a new law that actually
> unicycle and defined to some extent what could and couldn’t be done.
> never got round to looking it up (my local library at the time didn’t
> anything to match the law books I had access to as a student).
> Anyone have any useful info on that? The full details, or somewhere I
> look for the full details? Of course one day I may find time to visit
> library and look it up for myself.
Well, I’ve done it. I started with Halsbury’s Laws of England (the 1995 edition
this time, Road Traffic and Highways), but found nothing about unicycles. I then
went through statutes currently in force from 1987 onwards. I checked the
statutes for Road Traffic, Environment (because I think I read about that above
mentioned law in connection with the Countryside Act) and something else, I
can’t remember what but I thought it might be relevant. Nada.
As far as I could determine, unicycles are mentioned nowhere in English law.
There has been no change to the legal definition of a cycle, meaning a cycle
with 2 or more wheels. Therefore I still interpret English law as effectively
giving a unicyclist the status of a pedestrian.
I could be wrong, I may have missed something, IANAL, if anyone has more
information I’d be interested.
I discovered a couple of other interesting things though. I’d always understood
that cyclists had the legal right to ride on bridleways, but I found a legal
definition of a bridleway as a path where the public had right of way on foot,
or walking or leading a horse, but no other rights of way. I may do more
research on that one.
Also, did you know that you don’t need insurance to drive a car? Deposit £15,000
with the court accountants and you’re covered. I may have misinterpreted that
one, I couldn’t be bothered to read it properly.
Danny Colyer (remove your.head to reply) “A custom loathsome to the eye, hateful
to the nose, harmful to the brain, dangerous to the lungs, and in the black,
stinking fume thereof, nearest resembling the horrible Stygian smoke of the pit
that is bottomless” - James I of England on tobacco