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An Act to amend the Highways Act 1980 so as to impose penalties in cases where a user of a highway is injured, interrupted or endangered in consequence of the lighting of a fire on the highway or elsewhere.
[2nd May 1986]
Be it enacted by the Queen’s most Excellent Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and Commons, in this present Parliament assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:—
(1)The M1Highways Act 1980 shall be amended as follows.
(2)For section 161(2) (penalty for lighting a fire or discharging a firearm or firework within 50 feet of the centre of a highway) there shall be substituted the following subsection—
“(2)If a person without lawful authority or excuse—
(a)lights any fire on or over a highway which consists of or comprises a carriageway; or
(b)discharges any firearm or firework within 50 feet of the centre of such a highway,
and in consequence a user of the highway is injured, interrupted or endangered, that person is guilty of an offence and liable to a fine not exceeding level 3 on the standard scale.”.
(3)After section 161 there shall be inserted the following section—
(1)If a person—
(a)lights a fire on any land not forming part of a highway which consists of or comprises a carriageway; or
(b)directs or permits a fire to be lit on any such land,
and in consequence a user of any highway which consists of or comprises a carriageway is injured, interrupted or endangered by, or by smoke from, that fire or any other fire caused by that fire, that person is guilty of an offence and liable to a fine not exceeding level 5 on the standard scale.
(2)In any proceedings for an offence under this section it shall be a defence for the accused to prove—
(a)that at the time the fire was lit he was satisfied on reasonable grounds that it was unlikely that users of any highway consisting of or comprising a carriageway would be injured, interrupted or endangered by, or by smoke from, that fire or any other fire caused by that fire; and
(i)that both before and after the fire was lit he did all he reasonably could to prevent users of any such highway from being so injured, interrupted or endangered, or
(ii)that he had a reasonable excuse for not doing so.”.
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(1)This Act may be cited as the Highways (Amendment) Act 1986.
(2)This Act shall come into force at the end of the period of two months beginning with the date on which it is passed.
(3)Nothing in this Act shall apply in relation to any act done before this Act comes into force.
(4)This Act extends to England and Wales only.
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