The ten strangest driving laws from around the world

Car on Global MapIt’s a funny old world and we’ve rounded-up ten of the most peculiar motoring laws from across the planet. Admittedly we have some seemingly strange laws over here (technically you can be fined £5,000 and receive nine penalty points for driving through puddles and soaking pedestrians), but overseas they take things to the next level:

Driving on empty in Germany

You may be able to put your foot down on the autobahn but you’ll get a stiff fine if you run out of fuel. In fact, you’re not allowed to stop on the super-fast German motorways for any reason including nature’s call.

Driving topless in Thailand

We are rightly worried about the dangers of driver distraction and in Thailand that includes dressing modestly. Despite the drenching tropical humidity motorists must always wear a shirt behind the wheel.

Drink driving in Cyprus

Cypriot authorities take the idea of drinking and driving to the extreme by banning motorists from eating or drinking anything behind the wheel, and that includes taking a sneaky sip of water.

Checking for children in Denmark

Scandinavians are big on safety and in Denmark motorists are legally obliged to make sure that there’s nobody underneath their car (including children playing hide and seek) before getting into the driver’s seat.

Driving blindfolded in Alabama

The big question here is how such a law ever made it onto the state statute books, as surely it’s a matter of simple common sense? Unfortunately, the answer has been lost in the midst of time and we can only speculate.

Daily driving in Manila

The capital of the Philippines has got a big problem with traffic congestion and to avoid gridlock the government has come-up with a simple solution. Police monitor vehicle number plates and those ending in a certain number are restricted on certain days. For example: if your number plate ends in one or two you aren’t allowed to drive on Mondays.

Driving without lights in Sweden

Have you ever wondered why Volvos always have their headlights on? In Sweden cars must use their headlights round-the-clock which makes sense in a country where winter months can be perpetually dark and summer enjoys the midnight sun.

Driving without spare specs in Spain

Under Spanish law optically challenged motorists must carry a spare pair of prescription spectacles in case they misplace their regular glasses.

Dirty driving in Moscow

Russian traffic police take dirt very seriously and a mucky motor is no laughing matter. It’s up to individual officers to decide which cars aren’t clean enough and offenders can expect a 2000 rouble fine (just over £25 at today’s exchange rate).

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