A lot of driving laws in many countries around the world are illogical and just plain wacky. Believe or not, what you will read here is not fictional — these traffic and driving laws actually do exist and are furthermore strictly enforced. Keep this list of these bizarre traffic laws handy when you go to any of these countries, so you don’t have to be charged with exorbitant fines and other penalties (if any).
The “land of smiles” may frown upon you if you drive without a shirt on, no matter how sweltering the day may be. Yes, that it is written in the Thai driving law, seriously.
In Germany, driving short of fuel on the Autobahn is considered an act of negligence and therefore is against the law.
In Spain there is a national driving ordinance that requires visually-challenged drivers to keep an extra set of eyeglasses all the time, in case the pair of glasses they’re wearing goes missing or falls out.
Every Monday, you are not permitted to drive the streets and thoroughfares in Manila if your license number ends with “1” or “2.” This ordinance is implemented with aims to reduce road congestion.
Russia has gained a worldwide reputation as one of the world’s cleanest nations. No small wonder — it seems that the Russians enforce cleanliness in their own cities and their public works, even in the cars they’re driving. So if you’re spotted driving a filthy vehicle, don’t be surprised if you’re approached by the cops who will charge you a sizable fine.
Where Russia takes cleanliness seriously, Turkey puts safety on the road above everything else. Drivers who do not carry a fire extinguisher, a reflective warning device and a first-aid kit in their own vehicles are fined heavily.
In France, drivers must carry an unused breathalyser at all times, or else they will be fined with 11 euros, which is pretty steep. We wonder if they will be fined too if they carry an old, heavily used one.
This progressive Asian city-state is known for implementing stringent laws, and it’s no different when you’re on the road. As a motorist, you are prohibited from coming within 50 meters of a pedestrian. Not only you will expect an enormous fine, be also ready for the collective angry jeers from the pedestrians themselves.
Living in such a very patriarchal society, women’s rights in Saudi Arabia are severely limited compared to its Gulf neighbors, including banning them from taking the wheel.
Who wants to get splashed by a muddy puddle when you’re walking by the roadside? But in Japan, it is illegal. Splash a water or mud on a pedestrian while you’re driving and expect a heavy fine.
In South Africa, it’s not just the pedestrians that should be allowed to cross the street, but also the herders. However, these animals are limited to donkeys, horses, goats, mules, ostriches and pigs. Any driver who fails to give way for the passing animals on the road will face a stiff fine.
In Italy, if you don’t strap your dog safely with a seat belt if you plan to take it along for the ride, you’re automatically breaking the law.