20 Weird driving laws from around the world

Sam Bisby

By: Sam Bisby

Motoring laws prevent drivers from doing stupid and reckless activities while driving or around their car. There are many motoring laws that we are all aware of; but around the world, some countries have some laws that might seem just a little baffling.

In some cities of Spain, cars must be parked on the side of the road where houses bear uneven numbers on uneven days of the month.

In Switzerland, there is a law stating that drivers cannot wash their cars on Sundays.

In California, it illegal for an unoccupied car to exceed 60mph.

It is against the law to block your own driveway in Montreal.

In Switzerland, pedestrians always have right of way.

Before driving in Denmark, drivers need to check all areas of the car before hitting the road e.g. lights, brakes, steering and horn - as well as to check for any people, alive or otherwise, underneath the car.

In Beijing, you can be fined and be given a warning if you stop at pedestrian crossings.

In South Africa, you are required to stop your car when herders signal you to allow their animals to cross the road.

It is illegal to tie your dog to the roof of your car in Alaska.

In Cyprus, you cannot eat or and drink while driving as this contravenes the law of not being in control of your car.

Driving topless is against the law in Thailand.

Although it is rarely enforced, in Russia it is illegal to drive a dirty car.

It is compulsory in Sweden to have your headlights on all day, even though in some parts of the country the sun doesn’t set during June.

In the Philippines, drivers with a car registration plate that ends in 1 or 2 can’t drive on Monday.

Motorists in Costa Rica can have an alcoholic drink while driving as long as they don’t have an alcohol level above 0.75%.

All cars must have windshield wipers in Luxemburg - even if they don’t have a windshield.It is illegal to stop unnecessarily on the Autobahn in Germany and running out of fuel is considered “unnecessary”.

It is illegal to drive while blindfolded in Alabama. Where’s the challenge in that?!

In France, it is a legal requirement to carry an alcohol breathalyser test kit.

In Singapore, it is against the law for a driver to come within 50 metres of a pedestrian.