News ID: 302076
Published: 0829 GMT April 12, 2021

Strangest driving laws from around world

Strangest driving laws from around world
If he's washing his car on a Sunday in Switzerland, he's in trouble.

Thought British road laws were strange? Wait until you see some of the bizarre rules other countries have – including in the US, where in Alabama driving your car while wearing a blindfold is banned, surprisingly.

This week marks the 90th anniversary of The Highway Code.

Originally published on April 14, 1931, it provides safety advice, information, rules and laws for road users in the UK, wrote.

But if you think The Highway Code is tough on British motorists, other countries have some pretty wacky regulations when it comes to driving.

Here Daily Star reveals some of the strangest from around the world:


US: In Alaska tying a dog to the roof of your car isn’t allowed. In Alabama, driving your car while wearing a blindfold is banned, surprisingly.

Japan: Many of us will have been drenched by a passing vehicle on a rainy day, but in Japan it’s illegal to splash puddles on pedestrians. In June, the country sees typhoons that cause surface water, and this means the law is more strongly enforced.

Switzerland: Under Swiss law, you are not allowed to wash your car on Sundays.

Germany: The same law is enforced in Germany, but it’s modified so washing cars is allowed on Sundays after midday – so it doesn’t disturb your church-going time. But you can’t do this yourself on the street, even if it’s your own property. The Germans also have a law that says it’s illegal to stop your car on the Autobahn even if you run out of fuel.

Luxembourg: Here, it’s unlawful to drive without windscreen wipers, but driving without a windscreen is totally fine.

Belarus: In this country, driving a dirty car is banned. The same rule applies in the cities of Moscow and Chelyabinsk in Russia.

Spain: Motorists in Spain can be fined for wearing flip-flops, or washing their vehicles on a public road.

South Africa: If you fail to slow down or stop for critters crossing the road in South Africa, whether it’s a cow or a lion, you’ll be slapped with a hefty fine.

The Philippines: To avoid heavy traffic in the capital Manila, there’s a bizarre scheme that bans Filipino drivers with certain number plates using main roads on particular days. For example, cars with a number plate ending in a one or two are banned from driving in the center on Mondays from 7a.m. to 8p.m.

Cyprus: Motorists in Cyprus are banned from eating or drinking anything at the wheel of their cars, including water. If caught, they face a fine of £75.


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