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The Weirdest Road Rules Around The Globe

24 Jan 2013 by

Weirdest Road Rules

Driving should be pretty simple: get in, buckle up, follow all driving rules and don’t kill anyone. If we’re really splitting hairs, you could add things like ‘keep the boozing to a minimum’ and ‘goddamnit, put some pants on when you drive’, but that’s about as far as it goes. Or is it? Turns out bored lawmakers keep coming up with some of the weirdest road rules around the globe to keep you from tearing up the highway willy-nilly in your sweet convertible. We’re talking about really weird road rules like:

 

Splashing Pedestrians

Splashing Pedestrians

Image Source: woodleywonderworks

In a move we can totally get behind, lawmakers in Japan have made it an offense to splash pedestrians with water from a puddle. We like.

 

Being Female

saudi-female-drive-ban

Less of a cause celebre is Saudi Arabia’s deeply misogynistic attempt to keep female drivers off the road via threats of imprisonment and other unpleasantness. It seems they just don’t want their womenfolk to know how easy driving actually is.

 

Smoking

Smoking ban

Image Source: eschipul

All you Slovenian James Deans out there: watch out. Smoking on a motorcycle is balls illegal.

 

Playing Music

music playing in taxi ban in finland

…but only if you drive a cab. A recent law in Finland has made playing music without paying royalties illegal. Hey, it’s a gloomy country, people get bored. What else you gonna do if not pass stupid laws?

 

Being Unclean

dirty car

Image Source: Evoflash

A nightmare for lazy off-roaders, this Romanian law bans driving in a dirty car. Because, hey, if you can’t afford a daily wax & polish then you shouldn’t be driving.

 

Driving Through a Cemetery

driving through cemetery law

People in Dunn, NC are apparently so bored of living in Dunn they’ll risk raising angry spirits just to keep themselves diverted. Good job the law is there to stop their fiendish games.

 

Driving an Ice Cream Truck

driving an ice cream truck

Indianola, Iowa apparently hates childhood; and probably Christmas and puppies too.

 

Swearing

weird swearing law

Perhaps following an epidemic of efficient road rage, German lawmakers made it illegal to use abusive language or derogatory signs while driving; meaning all you can offer that guy who cut you off is an ice cold stare, unless you’re lucky enough to enjoy scanner-style telekinesis.

 

Not Breaking the Law

not breaking the law police cannot ticket

Well, more a ‘free pass’ on traffic violations. In Georgia, USA members of the Georgia Assembly cannot be ticketed while the assembly is in session; a law we assume they take full advantage of to ramp over as many cop cars as humanly possible.

 

Picking up Hitchhikers

weird road rules about Hitchhikers

Yes, you read that right! Because in Russia, hitchhikers pick up…

 

Eating Roadkill

Eating Roadkill

Image Source: Hunter-Desportes

It is illegal to take and eat a roadkill in Wisconsin – another state, another strange road rule we thought no-one would ever have to legislate against.

 

Spitting

spitting law

Georgia again, just daring their Assembly members to try hawking a loogie outside of session hours.

 

Changing One Way System

bangkok traffic

In Bangkok one way streets change direction seemingly at random, leading to the sort of scenes traffic wardens probably describe as ‘hilarious consequences’. These changes are somehow linked to the time of day, but no-one ever remembers.

 

Parking on the Wrong Side of the Street

Parking on the Wrong Side of the Street

On the wrong day. In some Spanish and Swedish cities, traffic wardens will ticket you for not parking on the same side as the even numbered houses on even numbered days and vice versa. Why? We honestly have no idea.

You can head over to Sixt.co.uk for plenty more of these strange European driving laws.

 

Running out of Gas

Running out of Gas

In Ohio, running out of gas is both a bummer and a criminal act; according to the sort of logic that comes with living in Ohio in the first place.

 

Riding an Ugly Horse

Ugly Horse

Image Source: Bruce McKay Yellow Snow Photography

In Wilbur, Washington, it is illegal to ride an ugly horse. Still beauty is in the eye of the beholder and all that.

 

Changing Your Clothes

Changing Clothes in car

Not that you’d do it while driving, but don’t try it while parked either in Evanston, Illinois.

 

Storing Trash

Storing Trash law

Filling your car with junk is illegal in Hilton Head, SC. We know at least two colleagues and one hobo who’d fall victim to that law.

 

Honking Your Horn

Honking Your Horn

This would be a great idea, if legislators in Little Rock hadn’t restricted it to ‘after 9.30, near a restaurant’.

 

Tying a Dog to Your Roof

Tying a Dog to Your car Roof

Finally, from Alaska comes a law most of us would file under ‘common sense’. Does anyone seriously tie their dog to a car outside a Chevy Chase movie? Please don’t tell us.

 

Do you know of any other weird road rules that we missed? Let us know in the comments section below!


Heather Johnson

Heather Johnson is an author, designer for print and web who is inspired by beautiful book covers, well-designed fonts and interior design. Also a lover of chocolate chip cookies and indie music.


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