7 Interesting Driving Laws Around The World


Every country in the world has laws regarding driving. Here are some of the more interesting ones that are out there.

Russia: Drive a dirty car in Russia and you can be fined up to 2000 rubles or approximately RM140. Might as well get the car washed, it’s cheaper and you don’t have to face the terror of the Russian politsiya.

Thailand: A law in Thailand states that if you’re driving a car during your stay, you better be wearing a shirt. It sounds like there’s a really interesting story behind this seemingly inane law.

Cyprus: Most countries have a law against drinking and driving. Cyprus took it a step further and instituted fines if you are caught eating or drinking anything while driving. So if you’re ever driving in Cyprus, do pull over before you take a bite out of that delicious souvlaki or halloumi.

Sweden: Ever wondered at those individuals who have their lights turned on during the day? Well, they might have driven in Sweden for a while because a law states that all vehicles in Sweden must have their headlights on at all times. It appears that weather conditions may necessitate such a law.

Singapore: No interesting laws here per se but Singapore has a series of laws that make being a pedestrian one of the safest places in the world. Perhaps other countries could do to take a look at Singapore’s transport and road systems.

Philippines: In Manila, there are a huge number of vehicles on the road and in an effort to reduce congestion, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority implemented the Unified Vehicular Volume Reduction Program. Long story short? If your car number plate ends with a certain number, your car is banned from travelling in Metro Manila from 7:00AM to 8:00PM. For example, if your car number plate ends with a 1 or 2, your car is barred from entering Metro Manila on Mondays.

Japan: Japan has a reputation for cleanliness and politeness and this extends to even drivers. A violation known as muddy driving can you have fined $65 (or RM250). Basically, don’t drive through mud puddles or splash any pedestrians (be extra careful after rainstorms).

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