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i wanted to know if this is a criminal offence if you are caught, i am aware that that driving while high is a criminal offence, but i wanted to know if cycling is as well? i checked on google, but got mixed responses, so i coming here for support.
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Yes.

Road Traffic Act 1960

A person who, when riding a bicycle or tricycle, not being a motor vehicle, on a road or other public place, is unfit to ride through drink or drugs shall be liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding thirty pounds, or in the case of a second or subsequent conviction to a fine not exceeding thirty pounds or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding three months.

https://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga...ted?view=plain
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if i have proper control of it however, does this make me fit to ride?
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if i have proper control of it however, does this make me fit to ride?
If you're high you're not in a position to be able to judge that soundly.
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Yes.

Road Traffic Act 1960

A person who, when riding a bicycle or tricycle, not being a motor vehicle, on a road or other public place, is unfit to ride through drink or drugs shall be liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding thirty pounds, or in the case of a second or subsequent conviction to a fine not exceeding thirty pounds or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding three months.

https://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga...ted?view=plain
Right answer, wrong statutory provision. Most of the RTA 1960 (including the section you linked to) is no longer in force. The offence is now contained in s. 30 RTA 1988:

“A person who, when riding a cycle on a road or other public place, is unfit to ride through drink or drugs (that is to say, is under the influence of drink or a drug to such an extent as to be incapable of having proper control of the cycle) is guilty of an offence.”

And Drewski - it will not necessarily be the case that every person who has consumed drink or drugs will be “incapable of having proper control of the cycle”. That will be a matter of fact for whoever is trying the case to decide. There is a lot more latitude afforded to cyclists than to motorists, where there are strict limits in place for the acceptable level of either alcohol or drugs in a driver’s system. If you are above those limits, you commit an offence, regardless of how in control of your car you might actually be.
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Right answer, wrong statutory provision. Most of the RTA 1960 (including the section you linked to) is no longer in force. The offence is now contained in s. 30 RTA 1988:

“A person who, when riding a cycle on a road or other public place, is unfit to ride through drink or drugs (that is to say, is under the influence of drink or a drug to such an extent as to be incapable of having proper control of the cycle) is guilty of an offence.”

And Drewski - it will not necessarily be the case that every person who has consumed drink or drugs will be “incapable of having proper control of the cycle”. That will be a matter of fact for whoever is trying the case to decide. There is a lot more latitude afforded to cyclists than to motorists, where there are strict limits in place for the acceptable level of either alcohol or drugs in a driver’s system. If you are above those limits, you commit an offence in a case, regardless of how in control of your car you might actually be.
Thanks actual legal professional
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Right answer, wrong statutory provision. Most of the RTA 1960 (including the section you linked to) is no longer in force. The offence is now contained in s. 30 RTA 1988:

“A person who, when riding a cycle on a road or other public place, is unfit to ride through drink or drugs (that is to say, is under the influence of drink or a drug to such an extent as to be incapable of having proper control of the cycle) is guilty of an offence.”

And Drewski - it will not necessarily be the case that every person who has consumed drink or drugs will be “incapable of having proper control of the cycle”. That will be a matter of fact for whoever is trying the case to decide. There is a lot more latitude afforded to cyclists than to motorists, where there are strict limits in place for the acceptable level of either alcohol or drugs in a driver’s system. If you are above those limits, you commit an offence, regardless of how in control of your car you might actually be.
very helpful thank you
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