Recent talk of a UK ban on hands-free technology has promoted lots of debate but here at the home of executive chauffeur services we don’t like arguments so we decided to check out the world’s strangest driving laws. So here are just a few of those weird and wonderful laws.
Cyprus is home to a couple of the toughest driving rules. For starters (or not in this case) eating or drinking even water while driving is illegal. Grabbing a quick bite in the car will mean you end up with a bill for €85 fine. Enough to make you angry? Think better of it as drivers who unnecessarily raise a hand from the steering wheel can face fines as well.
In crazy, crazy Costa Rica, you can drink an alcoholic beverage while driving—as long as you don’t get drunk. Sipping a beer with one hand and navigating the treacherous roads of Costa Rica with the other hand is completely legal. Driving with a blood-alcohol level of more than 0.75 percent? You’re going to jail. At the other extreme in sober Japan, drivers who give a lift to drunken passengers care breaking the law – so think before you drive drink-ers home.
How are you at car maintenance? At Fields Chauffeur Services it’s second nature, of course but there are some tough maintenance laws around the world. In Russia driving a dirty car can get you fined up to 2,000 roubles whilst in France drivers are required to carry a breathalyzer kit in their vehicle (or motorcycle). Originally, drivers who didn’t have one were required to pay a fine but enforcement has been delayed indefinitely. It is a requirement to carry a hi-viz jacket whilst driving. And just over the border In Spain, drivers who require vision-correcting glasses in order to drive must keep a spare set in their car at all times.
Crazy rules from Uncle Sam
Of course we weren’t surprised that the USA had more laws and more crazy laws than the rest of the world put together. Check out these weird and wonderful rules from Uncle Sam:
- In Carolina it is illegal to drive through a cemetery if you’re not there to dig a grave or bury someone. So if you intend to visit the grave of a loved one bring really powerful binoculars and a ladder for accessing the roof of your vehicle while parked outside the cemetery.
- In Oregon you can be ticketed if you leave your car door open longer than is deemed necessary.
- In parts of South Carolina, it is illegal to store trash in your vehicle due to rat problems.
- If you are a horn-honking hooligan you better be carrying your vehicle’s bill of sale if you have the nerve to toot your horn while in University City, Missouri. Officials there have wisely made it illegal to honk the horn of someone else’s car.
Do you know any other strange driving laws or have been caught out while driving abroad? We’d love to hear from.