Horses (Protective Headgear for Young Riders) Act 1990

JurisdictionUK Non-devolved
Citation1990 c. 25


Horses (ProtectiveHeadgear for YoungRiders) Act 1990

1990 CHAPTER 25

An Act to secure the wearing of protective headgear by children while horse riding; to prescribe offences and penalties; and for connected purposes.

[13th July 1990]

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:—

S-1 Causing or permitting child under 14 to ride on road without protective headgear.

1 Causing or permitting child under 14 to ride on road without protective headgear.

(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 Children and Young Persons Act 1933, has responsibility for the child; or
(ii)for the purposes of Part II of the Children and Young Persons (Scotland) Act 1937, has custody, 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 Children 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’.

S-2 Regulations.

2 Regulations.

(1) The Secretary of State may by regulations made by statutory instrument—

(a) provide that section 1 of this Act shall not apply in relation to children of any prescribed description, or in relation to the riding of horses in such circumstances as may be prescribed;

(b) prescribe for the...

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