Q&A - Drinking in a Motorhome

Q&A ImageI was wondering about drinking in a motor home and its legality. I understand that definition of motor home from the Motor Vehicle Act. I further understand that a person must not drive or otherwise exercise control over the operation of a motor vehicle. The law states that alcohol can be in a motor home but the liquor must be kept in a cabinet away from the driver's area. Does this mean that passengers in the RV can not drink alcohol at all?



This definition is from the Liquor Control and Licensing Regulation:

Private place

4 (1) In this section, "highway" means a highway as defined in the Motor Vehicle Act.

(2) For the purposes of the Act, "private place" means

(b) the following when used as a permanent or temporary private dwelling in an area where camping is allowed, together with any adjacent land that is used for the convenience, occupation and enjoyment of the occupants:

(i) a motor home or other motor vehicle that is not on a highway;

(ii) a camper or a trailer that is not on a highway;

(iii) a tent, or

(c) a vessel to which the public does not have access that is equipped with permanent sleeping accommodations, cooking facilities and a toilet.

The definition of highway is very broad, so be careful that your motorhome is not parked on one before you break out the refreshments!

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