The Strangest Driving Laws On Earth [infographic]

September 15, 2013 |  by  |  Crime, Funny, Government, Mind-Blowing, Travel

Driving is one of those things can be a blessing and a curse. It’s great to be able to get in the car and drive to the store and have a trunk to put groceries in. It’s nice to be able to get somewhere fast when you are running late. But it sucks to get stuck in traffic and it sucks to gas up your tank.

For some, it can suck to even lift your finger to turn on the blinker. Although not always completely necessary, it is required to turn on your headlights while your windshield wipers are on. All the rules you have to memorize before being issued a drivers license are to better protect the drivers on the road.

This infographic pertains to some strange road laws around the world.

Okay Alaska, you’re right, no one should be letting their dog sit on the roof of the car while they are driving. What incident could have possibly occurred in one of the coldest places in the United States that would lead to the implementation of a law like this? Was this ever a serious issue?

In Russia it is illegal to drive a dirty car… What is dirty? Clean. What is clean? Very strange law, Russia.

But none as strange as the provision that one must not shoot whales from their vehicle in Tennessee. Who in the heck is responsible for that one? [infographic provided by Think Insurance]


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  • Born Scandi

    Why is the Nordic compulsory lights-on strange? Think about it. You see a car with lights off, you know it’s not moving = you can safely pay attention to other events in traffic.

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  • Harry

    The spainish las for glasses was retired a couple of years ago. I’m a Spanish driver :P

  • alex

    what a poppycock! in russia there is no such law.

    • David Jashi

      Actually there is. At least it was in USSR. My father was fined twice.

  • foobar

    Am I wrong, or do many of these seem rational. don’t splash people with mud? don’t hit animals? carry equipment to tow other cars that are stuck?

  • Baxter Tocher

    The Hackney cabs one appears to be fiction:

  • Manila Resident

    The one in Manila is for traffic congestion. Every car has one weekday that it is not allowed to be on the road determined by the last number on the plate. If you have the money you come up with a separate plate or bribe your way out of it.

  • Hakro807

    That headlights are a requirement in Scandinavia makes a lot of sense, and it seem to spread to other countries as well. It may seem odd since a car is visible also without headlights in the daytime, but the difference is that with headlights on the car can be spotted much more easily and from a greater distance.

  • Dickybow

    The Scandinavian headlights when driving have now been superseded by a cross-Europe ruling for ‘running lights’ (mainly led lights.)

    • bob

      It’s also in Canada.

  • David Jashi

    Apart from Tennessee and Hackney, I fail to find any of those laws strange:

    Alaska – plenty of riding dogs there, sure most of car owners don’t want huge beasts inside the car, when transporting them. So, putting them on the roof of your truck comes as natural decision…

    Montreal – a bit of overreaction, but blocking even your own driveway may not be good idea in case of accident or natural disaster

    Brazil – very sane decision. It might save surviving participants from prison.

    Spain – I use glasses and on one occasion broke mine in the middle of the road. If I had spare ones, the rest of the road wouldn’t take me twice as much as normal.

    Scandinavia – it’s North. It may be dark or snowing even there at noon.

    Serbia – too many old cars

    Saudi Arabia – those are Shariat laws, not driving ones. And after all, try driving with burka on.

    Beijing – why would you stop on pedestrian crossing, when it’s your traffic lights are green? To make another traffic jam?

    Manila – many big towns have time restrictions to reduce traffic jams. This one is not worse or better, than others.

    Thailand – it’s hot there. If you don’t make shirts compulsory, practically everyone will drive naked from waist up.

    Russia and Japan – what’s so strange in not being filthy?

    South Africa – Oh come on, go and tell antelope to give you way, because there are little triangles drawn on it’s lane.

    • Mae

      incorrect, for saudi arabia, it has nothing to with islamic shariah law, im from saudi arabia and it’s all based upon culture, even wearing a burka is culture and in no way an islamic law. :) please be more informed.

      • David Jashi

        OK, what happens, if women appears in public with uncovered head?

    • bob

      You’re wrong about the Scandinavian law. The reason for running lights is to be able to spot cars that are running at a greater distance. It’s not because of snow storms or dark at noon like you have said, though it helps. Canada also uses daytime running lights.

  • brendandodds

    Should probably be re-titled “The stupidest Myths about driving laws…”

  • jowakum

    There are no strange driving rules in india. In fact, there are no rules at all!

  • SgtCedar

    Some of those laws make perfect sense. Headlights in Scandinavia, that should be a law everywhere. Some new cars automatically turn on the headlights.

    Dogs on the roof. One word, “Romney.”

    Spare glasses makes great sense. If my glasses broke I could not drive safely.

    • akTed

      “[...] makes great sense”? A spare glasses requirement is over-reaching by the government. Perhaps you’d agree with a law that require you to have spare underwear, in case you soil yours? Or, how about a law requiring a spare tie (for men) in case you spill wine on the one you’re wearing?

      • bob

        How does soiling yourself affect your driving? Losing or breaking your glasses would affect your driving.

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    • Tim Willingham

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  • Derek Harkness

    The one about it being illegal to stop at a pedestrian crossing in China is bunk. The laws says that motor vehicles must give way to pedestrians on a crossing. Should a car strike a pedestrian, the car driver is automatically assumed to be at fault even if the pedestrian is jaywalking. I know because I have a Chinese driver’s licence.

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  • anna

    I am from Montreal. I was once parked blocking my own driveway/entrance to my garage. I got a ticket, though I also noticed there were a few “no parking” signs vaguely placed up and down my street. (The city of Montreal is in constant construction and often dealing with snow removal, so the “no parking” signs seem to appear and disappear anywhere at anytime) None too close to my house, so I took the chance. When I went to the city hall to pay said ticket, I asked if I got the ticket because I was blocking my own drive way, because it was my first time parking like that. She pointed to the ticket and explained that I got it because I ignored the no parking signs that had been set up. She assured me that I am allowed to park in front of my own drive way. Only way you can get a ticket for that is if you are blocking someone else’s drive way, and they call and make a complaint/get your car towed.

    So, I can confirm that the Montreal law written here is not true.

    • Tony

      Hi Anna, I’m in Montreal also and last year my sister indeed got a ticket for parking in front of her OWN driveway. She even saw the “green onion/ville de montreal” guy as he was putting ticket on windshield and she asked him what the f#$$# he was doing and he told her it was illegal to block a driveway. She said it was her own driveway and he said it doesn’t matter.. parking in front of any lowered sidewalk (as in front of all driveways) is illegal regardless if it was yours. Some really dumb laws we have here. I guess most people don’t enforce it, but I guess if they are low on thier quota and they woke up on wrong side of bed, anything goes :(

      • anna

        Strange. I guess the woman who was working at the city hall was unaware of the laws she should know in order to properly do her job.

      • anna

        This law must be obscure enough, if a person who’s job is to work with parking and driving related tickets did not know it existed.

  • The Blob

    yeah I’m from South Africa and there is no law that Animals have right of way… But in saying that if a cow walked across the road I’m not going to worry if it’s law or not to stop for the beef machine?