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(1)Except as provided by regulations, it is an offence for any person to whom this subsection applies to cause or permit a child under the age of 14 years to ride a horse on a road unless the child is wearing protective headgear, of such description as may be specified in regulations, in such manner as may be so specified.
(2)Subsection (1) above applies to the following persons—
(a)any person who—
(i)for the purposes of Part I of the M1Children and Young Persons Act 1933, has responsibility for the child; or
(ii)for the purposes of Part II of the M2Children and Young Persons (Scotland) Act 1937, has [F1parental responsibilities (within the meaning given by section 1(3) of the Children (Scotland) Act 1995) in relation to, or has], charge or care of the child;
(b)any owner of the horse;
(c)any person other than its owner who has custody of or is in possession of the horse immediately before the child rides it; and
(d)where the child is employed, his employer and any other person to whose orders the child is subject in the course of his employment.
(3)A person guilty of an offence under subsection (1) above is liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding level 1 on the standard scale.
(4)Until the coming into force of paragraph 5 of Schedule 13 to the M3Children Act 1989, subsection (2)(a)(i) above shall have effect as if for “responsibility for the child” there were substituted “custody, charge or care of the child”.
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