Strangest driving laws across the world have been revealed
Many new or revised driving laws have been introduced in the UK in 2017 changing the amount of fines and penalty charges imposed on motorists.
Last week we revealed the strangest driving laws you may not know in the UK, displaying some of the more unusual rules in force in the country.
However, these do not compare to some of the weirdest regulations that are enforced across the globe.
Here are the world’s most unusual driving laws that are still enforced across the globe which were compiled with help by CarWow.
These are the weirdest driving laws across the world:
1. It is illegal to drive shirtless in Thailand. According to Thai law, you are not allowed to drive without your top on. Anyone caught can receive a ticket or a small fine.
2. In Russia it is illegal to drive a dirty car. Drivers caught with a motor that doesn’t look pristine can land a $38 on the spot fine.
3. In Singapore drivers must keep at least 50 meters away from pedestrians. This can see drivers receive an immediate fixed penalty charge.
4. In Italy, deriving with snow chains or winter tires are compulsory when driving on snow. IF you don’t skid off the road, failing to comply could cost you £71.
5. In Denver Colorado (USA) it’s illegal to drive a black car on a Sunday. According to the research by carwow the reasons for this are unclear and you’d probably get away with it. This doesn’t make it any less of a bizarre rule.
In Italy, deriving with snow chains or winter tires are compulsory when driving on snow
6. In Finland, cab drivers must have a licence to play recorded music whilst carrying passengers. In the UK Uber drivers will offer you the AUX cable to allow you to play whatever tunes you want but in Finland you’d have to settle for a bootleg cover or the radio. Drivers in Finland are required to pay a yearly subscription costing $45 in order to be able to play the music they desire.
$45 per year charge for licence.
7. In Germany it is illegal to stop on the Autobahn even if you run out of petrol. The Autobahn is the German highway with no official speed limit so it seems reasonable that they don’t want people to stop there if other drivers could technically go 200mph. If you do stop on the Autobahn however you can land yourself with a ticket and a small fine.
8. In Spain, drivers who need glasses must keep a spare pair in their vehicles at all times or risk a small fine.
9. In Cyprus, drivers must keep their hands on the wheel at all times (even when eating, drinking or gesturing) which is how we all drive when we first are learning to drive. Motorists caught can land themselves with four penalty points and a small fine .
Driving with a dirty car in Russia can land you a fine
10. In France, you must have a breathalyser in your car at all times although you won’t receive a penalty for not carrying one.
11. Splashing a pedestrian with your car is illegal in both the UK and in Japan. This is reasonable as it is a completely obnoxious thing to do. In fact in the Uk this fine can rise up to £1,000 if your case goes to court.
12.In Finland, not reporting an accident involving a large animal is illegal and will see you receive a fine that is based on your income meaning the bigger earners are hit harder.
13. In the UK it its illegal to urinate in public unless you’re by the rear wheel touching your car.
14. In Clinton, Oklahoma (USA), it is illegal to molest a car – whatever that means. People are into all sorts of strange things but we’ll never understands this one and it seems like American police don’t take to kindly to it to, as drivers can face a criminal charge and arrest for being caught.
In Botswana animals must not be carried on a motorcycle if they obstruct the driver’s view
15. In Manila, the number of days you can driver per week is limited depending on the last four digits on your licence plate and carries a small fine. Although it seems strange now this could become a last resort method for many countries to reduce pollution.
16. In Botswana animals must not be carried on a motorcycle if they obstruct the driver’s view. Doing so could lan you a £368 fine.
17. In Costa Rica, it’s OK to drink at the wheel as long as you stop before you get drunk. According to research by carwow you will not receive a penalty if you’re not drunk.
18. In Italy, driving in certain historic zones without a permit is illegal. This carries a fine of $115.
19. In Alabama (USA), it is illegal to drive a car blindfolded. This law really doesn’t need to be specified and understandably carries a fine.
Splashing mud on a pedestrian could cost you up to £1,255 in New South Wales
20. In France, having the speed camera set up on your sat-nav is illegal and can result in a licence confiscation and having your vehicle confiscated.
21. In South Africa, drivers must let bovine animal, force or ostrich pass. Animals clearly rule the road in Africa and drivers not respecting them can lan a fine of up to $600.
22. Drivers in Denmark must check for sleeping children underneath their cars before setting off or face a stern word from authorities.
23. In Sweden you must have headlights switched on 24 hours per day or risk an on the spot fine.
24. In Austria, police officers can use their eyes to judge if someone is speeding in zones of 30km/h or less
25. In Saudi Arabia, women are allowed to own cars, but not to drive them, although this is not endorsed by a penalty or fine.
26. In Spain driving in flip-flops, high -heels, backless shoes, barefooted or with open-front shoes is illegal. This one is logical as improper footwear can certainly impede you while driving. Police can issue you with a fine up to 4225 if they catch you.
27. Splashing mud on a pedestrian could cost you up to £1,255, but only if they’re waiting for a bus.
28. In the UK it is illegal to use your horn in a built-up area between 11.30pm-7am, unless another road user poses a danger. Night-time impatience could cost you £100.
29. In Ontario ( Canada) you are not allowed to get into a cab with bad breath.