There are loads out there that you never knew existed and we’re sure you’ve probably broken a few over the years! So have a laugh at the 10 odd British laws you've probably broken…
1. It’s illegal to sing Happy Birthday in a restaurant
The song is copyrighted by Warner Music, so singing it as your little’un receives their cake after a belly full of pizza is illegal! Even films that include the song have to pay royalties from £2,000 up to an eye watering £20,000! So Warner make $2 million a year from this, up until 2030 when it will at last be free.
2. It’s illegal to write on banknotes
This has been illegal since 1928 where it says that printing, writing or impressing on them words, letters or figures could well end up with you in court! Although we’re not sure the police will want to waste their time hunting you down after you’ve transformed the Queen into Amy Winehouse on a tenner. But is it really worth the risk?
3. It’s illegal to be drunk in a pub
Sounds like this is defeating the object to us. But it’s true! The thing is, you’ll not get into trouble, the landlord will. Under the licensing act of 2003 it’s illegal to allow disorderly conduct and an offence to serve alcohol to an intoxicated person in your pub. We’re sure you lot would never do that though!
4. It’s illegal to carry a plank along a pavement.
Since 1839 strolling through London with a plank of wood has been against the law. There’s a fine of up to £500 if you get caught, so don’t go out with one looking to cause a Frank Spencer style slapstick commotion…
5. It’s illegal to handle a salmon in ‘suspicious circumstances’
Under the Salmon Act of 1986 – that well known law – it’s illegal to handle a salmon in suspicious circumstances. Mainly to curb poaching, the sentence for doing so could be a hefty fine or three months in jail! In 2009 the owner of a pub in Wales was given a conditional discharge and had to pay costs of £1,000 after buying a salmon for £40 off a punter. Maybe just stick to getting them from the fish counter at your local supermarket then…
6. It’s illegal to slide on ice or snow
A whopping fine of £500 for you, if you ‘make or use any slide upon ice or snow in any street or other thoroughfare, to the common danger of the passengers’. The Met Police spoiling kids fun since 1839!
7. It’s illegal to beep your car horn to tell someone off
Only legal while your vehicle is moving and you need to warn other road users of your presence. Don’t do it aggressively or you may be liable to a £30 fine like one Wirral man, who honked his horn at a bloke who walked out in front of his car in 2006. A copper witnessed this and nabbed him for it, even though the pedestrian was on his mobile phone and not paying attention! Hard not to honk nowadays, we know!
8. It’s illegal to fail to clean your whole windscreen of ice before driving
Bit of a no-brainer this one since you’ll have no idea where you’re going if you don’t! But not clearing it completely could land you with a £60 fine and three points on your licence. Snow joke, so get it done before you set off!
9. It’s illegal to let your dog out of the car if you break down beside the motorway
Not the best place for Fido or even you to be let loose! But leaving the poor hound in there if your car’s on fire… you might want to let him out! Common sense really.
10. It’s illegal to fly a kite in a public place
Another gem from 1839 says any person who shall fly any kite or play at any game to the annoyance of the inhabitants or passengers shall be liable for a fine of up to £500. So my lunchtime fun, flying one down Oxford Street’s out the window then… And you can’t fly one over 60 metres above ground level without special permission from the Civil Aviation Authority. Spoilsports!