Tipple or not to tipple

barge1914

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Just noticed a sign up the road before the nice CU at Tain Links. It says Alcohol Prohibited area. Which means no sale or consumption of alcohol in a public place. A conundrum, is the interior of a motorhome with the blinds closed a private or public place?
 

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Its where you are, nothing to do with whether in or outside, but who would see you, just make sure no keys in pocket or it could be drunk in charge.
 

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There’s no milk in this TEA!
 

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We spent New Years Eve 2016 in Wanaka, New Zealand, it was a Freedom Camp but it turned out, not very free at all. We were told in no uncertain terms by two big burly security guys at the gate that it was strictly no alcohol.
It was a glorious evening, sunny and very warm, by 8:00pm everyone retired to the MH's, shut the curtains and no doubt got pished judging by the state of most people next morning!
 

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Ah yes we stayed there, never even noticed that rule…we certainly didn’t observe it…apparently in all senses of the word.
 

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A public place is a place where the public have access, or have been invited or permitted to have access, so the alcohol ban would relate to the place. A private car or motorhome is not somewhere where the public generally have access, so they are private places. ( in the U.K.)
However, parking in an area that has an alcohol ban means the place you are in has an alcohol ban, so consuming alcohol in that place while in your private vehicle would still be an offence.
 

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A public place is a place where the public have access, or have been invited or permitted to have access, so the alcohol ban would relate to the place. A private car or motorhome is not somewhere where the public generally have access, so they are private places. ( in the U.K.)
However, parking in an area that has an alcohol ban means the place you are in has an alcohol ban, so consuming alcohol in that place while in your private vehicle would still be an offence.
Priests drink wine in church and people have been invited in, should we bring a bottle and join in. 🤔😂
 

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From The House of Commons Library.

It is not an offence to drink alcohol in a controlled drinking area.
However, it is an offence to fail to comply with a request to cease
drinking or to surrender alcohol in the area. This is liable on summary
conviction to a fine not exceeding level 2 on the standard scale.6
 

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A public place is a place where the public have access, or have been invited or permitted to have access, so the alcohol ban would relate to the place. A private car or motorhome is not somewhere where the public generally have access, so they are private places. ( in the U.K.)
However, parking in an area that has an alcohol ban means the place you are in has an alcohol ban, so consuming alcohol in that place while in your private vehicle would still be an offence.
For the purposes of the offensive weapons act a car not on private land is considered a public place. I'm not sure what other acts of parliament might also say this, but UK law is based on using case law, so once that is established unless there is something to the contrary it applies.

What is a public place?​

A public place includes any highway and any premises or places to which, at the material time, the public have or are allowed to have access. A car is also considered as a public place, unless it was parked on private property at the time.
 

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For the purposes of the offensive weapons act a car not on private land is considered a public place. I'm not sure what other acts of parliament might also say this, but UK law is based on using case law, so once that is established unless there is something to the contrary it applies.
WE had a car door opened once in our village when we were talking my daughter out, we called the police about the offender who was out of his tree, police told us that anyone can open a unlocked door and get into your car, it only becomes an offence if its locked and they break in, same as your house, breaking and entering.
 

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