These are all the laws Santa breaks on his Christmas deliveries

Santa may be the moral arbiter of right and wrong, making decisions about who gets on the naughty and nice lists.

However, it turns out he’s not as whiter than white as his beard might suggest, breaking multiple laws as part of his annual toy making and delivering spree.

Legal experts at The University of Law have revealed five of the laws St. Nicholas could be found guilty of breaking this year, which could land him with hefty fines or even jail time.

From child labour laws to GDPR violations, Santa would definitely end up on the naughty list if he were being judged/

The naughty or nice list

The University of Law’s experts say that the gathering of data Santa and his elves need to do to create their lists could land him with a hefty fine.

They say: ‘If he is collecting all of this information, he will need to adhere to the Data Protection Act 2018.

‘Everyone responsible for using personal data has to follow strict rules called ‘data protection principles’. If Father Christmas isn’t following these rules, then he could face a number of penalties and fines up to £20million from the ICO.’

That’s a lot of reindeer carrot money.

Employee rights 

If you’ve seen the film Elf, you’ll know just how many toys the elves need to create every day to meet their quotas.

‘The UK legal limit for working is 48 hours per weekand workers have a right to daily and weekly rest breaks, which include a daily rest period of at least 20 minutes if the working day exceeds six hours,’ say The UOL

‘What’s more, workers should also have the correct employment contracts in place to ensure they’re not being exploited.

‘Should he not have the appropriate regulations in place for his elves, then they could make a complaint to an employment tribunal and Santa could be hit with a financial penalty.’

Drink driving

Those that leave out a drop of brandy or whisky for Santa on Christmas Eve might be getting the big man into even more trouble.

The University of Law states: ‘In the UK, the alcohol limit for drivers is 80 mg of alcohol per 100 ml of blood, 35 micrograms per 100 ml of breath, or 107 mg per 100 ml of urine.

‘So, should Santa have a few cheeky tipples at each house he visits, then he could face imprisonment, be banned from driving or be billed with a hefty fine if he’s found guilty of drink-driving.’

Perhaps just stick to cookies and milk so he’s in the clear.

Speeding

Wondering how Santa manages to get round the world in one night to deliver his toys? It basically means he has to go really, really fast.

If the cops managed to catch up with him, he could get in big trouble.

As the University of Law says: ‘The maximum speed limit in the UK is 70 mph, but in built-up locations such as residential areas, it’s 30 mph.

‘So, should Santa be caught speeding, he could receive a fine and penalty points on his license. Moreover, if he builds up 12 or more penalty points within a 3-year period, then he could be disqualified from driving his sleigh altogether.’

Animal welfare

Although we know that Santa helped Rudolph out when he was being victimised by the other reindeer, he’ll still have to be careful to avoid breaking rules when they’re out and about.

The University of Law comments: ‘According to the Animal Welfare Act 2006, a person commits an offence if they don’t ensure that the needs of an animal for which they are responsible are met to the extent required by good practice. For the purpose of this act, the needs of an animal include:

  • A suitable environment
  • A suitable diet
  • Exhibit normal behaviour patterns
  • Be with, or apart from, other animals
  • Protected from pain, suffering, injury and disease’

Penalties for breaking any of these rules – including not giving the reindeer rest stops, food, or making them work in the cold – can be strict.

According to the UOL: ‘The most serious crimes can lead to a fine of £20,000 and as much as 51 weeks of imprisonment. Those convicted can also be prohibited from owning or dealing with animals.’

That would definitely make it hard to deliver future presents.

Peter Crisp, Pro-Vice Chancellor at The University of Law adds: ‘To carry out the monumental task of delivering the world’s presents on one night, naturally Santa needs to break a few rules.

‘Thankfully, Father Christmas benefits from Festive Immunity, which allows him to use his magic to get the job done and deliver festive cheer to households around the world – especially this year, when we all need it more than ever.’

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