This year a number of new laws are set to come into force which will largely affect smokers, parents and car owners.

While we get our heads round all the new?regulations, let’s take a look back at some unusual and out-dated laws which have never been repealed.

Technically, you could still be arrested for some of these:

1.Knocking on a door and legging it
一. 敲了門就跑

Seen by many as a harmless children’s game, knocking on someone’s door and running away is actually?illegal?under the 1839 law.

2.Getting your windows cleaned or painted
二. 請人清潔窗戶或給窗戶上漆

It is illegal to order or permit any servant to stand on the sill of any window to clean or paint it.

3.Celebrating?Easter at different times each year
三. 每年在不同的時間慶祝復活節

The Easter Act 1928 says that, in the United Kingdom, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man, Easter Day shall be a fixed day in each year on the first Sunday after the second Saturday in April.

The Act has been on the statute book for 62 years but has never been enacted.

4.Not telling a taxi driver you've got the lurgy
四. 不告知出租車司機你的患病情況

In London, it is illegal for a person (knowingly) with the plague to flag down a taxi or try and ride on a bus.

The law prohibits any person who knows they have a notifiable disease (including the plague) from entering any form of public conveyance (taxi) without first telling the driver of the conveyance.

5.Turning up at Parliament in the wrong kind of suit
五. 進入國會大廈時著裝不當

As of 1313, it has been illegal to enter the Houses of Parliament wearing a suit of armour, the Manchester Evening News reported.

6.Shaking your rug in London
六. 在倫敦街頭抖地毯

As of 1839, it’s been against the law to beat or shake any carpet or rug in the street in London. You can shake your doormat, however, but only before 8am in the morning.

7.Acting a bit fishy with some salmon
七. 買賣三文魚時行為可疑

It's illegal to handle salmon in suspicious circumstances, according to the Salmon Act of 1986.

8.Setting an alarm without leaving a key nearby
八. 設置警報,未留鑰匙

It is an offence under a provision of the Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act 2005 to leave your property with a burglar alarm activated, unless you have named a “key-holder” responsible for shutting it off if you are away.

9.Beeping your car horn in anger
九. 因憤怒鳴笛

In fact, the law says: ”A horn should only be used when warning someone of danger, not to indicate your annoyance at a manner of driving”

10.Jumping the queue when buying a tube ticket
十. 買地鐵票時插隊

Under the terms of a bye-law, it is illegal to “jump” the queue in the tube ticket hall.

Any person directed by a notice to queue (or when asked to queue by an authorised person) shall join the rear of the queue and obey the reasonable instructions of any authorised person.