Bizzare laws of the road
Driving abroad can be a daunting task. Not only do you have to remember to drive on the other side of the road but strange road signs, different etiquette and unusual roads can put the chills up even the most seasoned driver.
Not only that, but in some countries you also have to content with some seriously strange laws. Don’t believe us? Read on…
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1.) In Japan you could be fined for splashing muddy water on a pedestrian when driving
This may sound funny, but it’s no joke. If you splash a pedestrian you could be in for a seriously hefty fine. After bearing witness to this happening many-a-time (it’s not happened to us – yet!) we’re ready for this law to go world-wide! Don’t think that because you’re in the UK you can splash whoever you like – if you’re caught you could be fined for careless driving under Section 3 of the Road Traffic Act which states:
“If a person drives a mechanically propelled vehicle on a road or other public place without due care and attention, or without reasonable consideration for other persons using the road or place, he is guilty of an offence.”
2.) It’s illegal to drive a dirty car in Dubai (but it’s also illegal to wash your vehicle with water outside your home)
You’ve probably heard the old “no dirty cars in Dubai” line before, but did you know that it’s actually an offence to do so?
Frustratingly, if you are pulled over and you need to get your car clean, you’re unable to wash it outside of your house due to health regulations. Not only is it considered a waste of water, but it also “affects the urban outlook of the city” and could provide a breeding ground for mosquitoes and insects.
If we were you, we’d hot-foot it to a service station with a washing facility instead!
3.) In Hermosa Beach, California, it’s illegal to spill your Margarita on any street.
Don’t waste your delicious cocktail by dropping it on the street. Not only will you be lacking a drink, but you could also land a hefty fine!
4.) In Alabama, USA, it’s illegal to drive your car whilst blindfolded.
We really would love to know exactly why this law was deemed necessary. Not only is it incredibly stupid to drive with your vision obstructed, it’s also very, very illegal!
5.) In Greece if you’re parked illegally the Police can remove your number plate
Apparently Greece ranks pretty highly amongst the EU’s most dangerous drivers. If you’re parked illegally you may return to find that you’ve had your number plates removed. Whilst the generally applies to Greek-registered cars (you have to go and pick up the plate from the local authority closest to where your car is registered) but this doesn’t mean your hire car is exempt. Park well, and avoid the trouble of trying to locate your plate.
6.) In Hilton Head, Carolina, it’s illegal to store rubbish in your car
Are you notorious for keeping empty packets and drinks cans in your car? Don’t take a spin in South Carolina, as it’s illegal to store rubbish in your car. The reason this is an actual law is to keep the rats at bay. Ignore it and you could face a $500 fine, or 30 days in jail.
7.) In Arkansas, USA, it’s illegal to beep your car horn where cold drinks or sandwiches are served after 9pm
We’d like to know why it’s not hot drinks or food. If we have to choose, we’d much rather have our iced coffee down our front than a scalding latte.
8.) In Manila, it’s illegal to drive on main roads on a Monday if your number plate ends in a 1 or a 2
No, this isn’t a great excuse to skip Mondays! This was put in to practise to try and resolve the issue of heavy traffic congestion in Metro Manila. To the present day if you have a plate ending in 1 or 2, you can’t travel in Metro Manila on a Monday; 3 and 4 on a Tuesday; 5 and 6 on a Wednesday; 7 and 8 on a Thursday’ and 9 or 0 on a Friday!
9.) In Massachusetts, USA, it’s illegal to operate a vehicle with a gorilla in the backseat.
We can’t remember the last time that we decided to take our gorilla for a ride, but if you happen to be in Massachusetts and want to take your ape out, think again. It’s illegal to operate your vehicle with the Gorilla in the backseat (even if they are strapped in).
Have you heard of any other strange driving laws? We’d love to hear from you!