Strange driving laws from around the world

Here's some of the weirdest motoring laws

2y ago

At this time of the year, many of us will be driving cars abroad. Let’s look at some of the strangest laws from around the world

UK drivers follow the Road Traffic Act with guidance provided by the Highway Code. Other counties follow similar strict guidelines. The vast majority of these regulations are pretty much common sense laws, but here's some rather odd ones:

No dirty cars in Russia

Keep your car clean in Russia otherwise you can land yourself a fine. It’s down to the individual police officer to determine if the car is too dirty, and a filthy number plate is a definite ticket.

Leave a gap of 50m between your car and a pedestrian in Singapore

Singapore’s streets are designed to separate the traffic flow away from pedestrians. This busy city has pedestrian safety as a number one priority, and so if you manage to get within 50m of a pedestrian, you could land yourself a fine.

Slow down for wildlife in South Africa

Wild animals roam some of South Africa’s public roads. In order to keep the country’s stunning wildlife safe, drivers must slow down. Anyone caught not doing so could land a large fine.

Mandatory spare driving glasses in Spain

If you need to wear glasses whilst driving in sunny Spain, you must have a spare pair in your car. This is required just in case the ones that you’re currently wearing decide to spontaneously combust.

No driving nude in Thailand

Sorry nudists, but driving in Thailand in nothing but your birthday suit can land you a fine. This includes driving with your shirt off. It’s down to the individual police officer to decide the severity of the naked offence.

Drink driving in Costa Rica is ok, just don’t be drunk

In Costa Rica there is no specific law in regards to drinking alcohol whilst driving. That being said, being drunk in charge of a vehicle is treated just as seriously as it is in most other countries.

Don’t run out of fuel on the Autobahn

The German Autobahn is one of the only places in the world in which you can legally take your car to its top speed on a public highway and so common sense dictates that unnecessary stopping could cause serious risk to drivers. If you run out of fuel on this magnificent stretch of road, you’ll land yourself a big fine.

Don’t beep your horn at a sandwich shop in Arkansas, US

A rather old piece of legislation that states that it’s illegal to sound a vehicle horn or bell at a place that serves cold drinks and/or sandwiches after 9pm.

Don’t drive a black car in Colorado on a Sunday

Another odd law from the United States. In Colorado, If you own a black car, you’re better off catching the bus on a Sunday. Although this is still technically law, it is said that officers don't enforce this at all.

Wear proper footwear whilst driving in Spain

The wearing of flip flops, high heels and open-front shoes is prohibited in Spain. Driving barefoot is also outlawed. Breaking these rules can land you a €225 fine.

Don’t splash pedestrians with roadside puddles in Japan and in the UK

We’ve all been drenched by a someone who's purposely drove into a puddle and it’s a real day-ruiner. In Japan you’ll get a fine and in the UK, you can land yourself in court.

In Finland you must report an accident involving a large animal

No animal hit and runs in Finland. It must be reported otherwise you’ll receive a income-linked fine.

Bad breath in Ontario will stop you getting a cab ride

In Ontario Canada, a taxi driver can legally refuse to pick up a passenger if they have bad breath.

Don’t drive blindfolded in Alabama, USA

Someone must've done this for it to become law in Alabama. If you’re silly enough to drive whilst blindfolded, you’ll receive a fine.

In France you must not enable speed camera notifications on your nav system

If you enable the speed camera notification on your nav system in France you can say goodbye to your driving licence and have your vehicle impounded.

Check for sleeping children under your car in Denmark

You read that correctly. In Denmark you must check for sleeping children underneath your car before you set off. The punishment for failing to do this is a stern word from the local constabulary.

Always have your headlights on in Sweden

Not sure if this law is subject to change with many modern cars now having daylight running lights, but nonetheless, you’ll receive a fine if you don’t have your headlights on at all times in Sweden.

Which law do you think is the most amusing? Let me know in the comments

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Comments (152)

  • "SLOW DOWN FOR WILDLIFE IN SOUTH AFRICA" - that's more of a laws of physics thing than a legal requirement though. You will slow down, you just have a choice of using the brakes or a rear end of a hippo. Of a front end of a hippo - it might be difficult to tell the difference, and the hippo couldn't care less anyway

      2 years ago
    • It is in any case only in the National Parks that it would be "law". there is no such law on public roads. But as you say its common sense.

        2 years ago
  • Here in South Africa, it’s illegal to let any body part extend beyond the frame of the car. You can even get a fine for resting your elbow on the open window sill.

      2 years ago
  • I'm curious about what some idiots in Arkansas and Alabama did to make it necessary to pass those laws

      2 years ago
  • means I can get people fined if I cut them off right beside a "sandwich shop" in arkansas lol.

      2 years ago
  • In Western Australia you used to get stopped if you have more than 50kg of potatoes in the boot

      2 years ago
    • Haha really?

        2 years ago
    • Yeah, until a year or so ago the Potato Marketing Corporation was entitled to stop people carrying potatoes in case they were trying to sell them without paying taxes

        2 years ago