5 of the Strangest Driving Laws Around the World

Maps + Infographics
by comparethemarket Jun 19, 2017

1. Botswana

The Road Traffic Act of Botswana states that “No animal shall be carried on a motor cycle in such a way as to obstruct the driver’s view or prevent his exercising complete control over such motor cycle.” Drivers caught doing so could face a large fine or 6 to 24 months in prison.

2. Italy

On certain roads in Italy, it is compulsory to drive with snow chains, whether there is snow on the road or not. The Polizia Municipale of Verona states that failing to comply could cost you up to 85 euros.

3. New South Wales

The rules surrounding splashing pedestrians in New South Wales are about as clear as mud. According to Regulation 291-3 drivers must take due care not to splash mud on any person in or on, or, indeed, waiting for a bus. The rules make no mention of regular pedestrians, so drivers are free to splash away at those. The listed maximum penalty is 20 units which equates to a fine of around £1,255.

4. Russia

If you’re driving in Russia, you better clean up your act, drivers with dirty cars can face fines of up to £25, especially if there is mud on the license plate.

5. United Kingdom

In the United Kingdom, it pays to keep quiet; it is illegal to honk your car horn in residential areas between the hours of 11:30 pm and 7:00 am unless another road user poses a danger. Night-time impatience could cost you £100 — so keep it down.

This article originally appeared on comparethemarket.com and is republished here with permission.

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