The Strangest UK Laws Under Metropolitan Act Legislations

  • "Go fly a kite," or don't, actually...

The Metropolitan act legislations are a set of by-laws that cover a wide range of topics, from public health and safety to noise control.

Many bizarre rules are still in effect under Metropolitan Act legislations as identified by EM Law, such as the following:

Carrying a plank of wood along a pavement

Section 54 of the Metropolitan Police District Act states that carrying a board down a pavement is prohibited unless you unload it from a vehicle or if it is loaded onto one. This legislation was implemented because in the past, when carts were used to transport wood, there were some cases that, when overloaded, could fall off, causing endangerment for pedestrians.

The law is in place to reduce disturbance and improve traffic flow on public roads.

Public place kite flying

The Metropolitan Police enacted the by-law against flying kites in public places, including parks, in order to prevent damage to property and injury to people. According to the Metropolitan Police Act 1839, section 54, anybody who flies a kite to the displeasure of the inhabitants and causes a nuisance to them could be fined.

It should be noted that this practice just bans flying a kite in a way that disturbs other people, but this is susceptible to various interpretations and might be used in such a way that you could still be capable of breaking the law.

Daylight cattle street walking

According to the Metropolitan Streets Act 1867, section 7, cattle are not to be driven across streets at specified hours. If you discovered rallying cattle down the street between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m., you would commit a crime unless you had permission from the Commissioner of Police.

The knock-knock ginger prank

Knock, knock, run, or knock-knock ginger is a children’s prank game where children would knock on someone’s front door and then flee before the door is opened.

This is an annoying game that individuals continue to play, and it can be a major frustration for others.

According to Section 54, Part 16 of the Metropolitan Police Act 1839, it is unlawful for anyone to willfully disturb any inhabitant by pulling or ringing any doorbell or knocking at any door without lawful excuse.

You are not allowed to slide on ice or snow

According to The Metropolitan Police Act of 1989, section 54, making or using a slide on ice or snow in any roadway or another thoroughfare is prohibited. While it may be enjoyable to slide down an ice street on a sledge, it can be exceedingly hazardous and incredibly inconvenient and may be ?disturbance to homeowners.

Anyone found guilty of such an offense may face a fine of up to £500.


The strangest UK laws under the Metropolitan Act legislations are intriguing, to say the least. Although they might seem weird, it is important to be aware of what they are to help prevent you from getting in trouble from unknowingly breaking them in the future.


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