Is it illegal to use a megaphone in public and can you have a megaphone in your car? This guide aims to clarify the megaphone laws in the United Kingdom.
MEGAPHONE LAW UK: Using a megaphone in a public place is not against the law per se (by or in itself).
But, depending where you are, and what you say, you could get into trouble with police and policing work.
In some cases you could get cited for disorderly conduct or violating noise ordinances. It would depend on how loud your megaphone setup is.
Using a megaphone in a vehicle could also cite driving with undue care and attention. Some severe situations may also get classed as assault.
Assault I hear you say! Yes, in fact some individuals got charged with assault for using a megaphone in public. Someone else's ear buds were the victim of the 'attack' but yes - it happened.
There is no specific offence in using a public megaphone in a public place. But, using a megaphone on private land would require the permission of the landowner as a rule.
In fact, people use megaphones in the United Kingdom during election campaigns. The candidate is usually in a car, but they can still deliver their speech with ease and everybody can hear it.
But, yelling through a megaphone to people on the streets is not the rule of thumb in the United Kingdom. You are unlikely to get arrested but people on the streets may get annoyed with you.
Note: The circumstances and the speech content mean the individual may be committing an offence. See the legislation on Breach of the Peace and breach of the Public Order Act 1986.
Breach of the peace is a crime at common law constituted by one or more persons. Causing a breach of the peace means you are acting in a riotous or disorderly manner. Such conduct is often severe enough to cause alarm to ordinary people and threaten serious disturbance to the community and property.
Note: "Operating other sound producing device" would include a megaphone or personal loudspeaker. Thus, if members of the public make a complaint the individual would have to stop if required to do so by a constable in uniform.
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Megaphone Laws in the United Kingdom: Using Megaphones in Public Places