Most drivers in the UAE are well-aware of the rules and regulations that they must follow while on the road. All drivers are strictly held accountable if they do not follow the rules and can be heavily fined or even jailed if they are found to be guilty of breaking any law. While UAE has a defined set of laws that drivers must follow, in other parts of the world, driving laws are not so well-defined or clear cut. In this article, we’ll be taking a look at some of the strangest driving laws present in other countries.
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Do Not Eat & Drive
Cyprus, a small island country located in the Eastern Mediterranean, has one of the weirdest driving laws we have come across. Yes, drinking alcohol and driving is outright prohibited, but they have also banned all types of drinks, including water, and the consumption of all kinds of food while you are behind the wheel.
Gorillas are Only Allowed to Ride in the Passenger Seat
Yes, you read that, right! In Minnesota, USA, there is an actual law in place that permits you to drive with a gorilla in your car. However, be careful! The great ape should be seated only in the passenger seat and not in the rear seats.
Seat Belts for Dogs
Are you someone who enjoys the companionship of your dog while on the road. In Germany, you are permitted to take your dog on the car, but the animal is considered as cargo, and you are responsible for ensuring that it does not fall from its seat or slip in the vehicle.
Do Not Stop for Pedestrians
If you have ever seen a pedestrian crossing in the UAE, you would know how vehicles are required to stop and allow pedestrians to cross. However, if you decide to do the same in Beijing, China, you'll be fined heavily. Yes, do not stop for pedestrians even at crosswalks.
Protect Your Kids
Yes, it is crucial to ensure the safety of your kids while on the road. However, in Denmark, the land of the Great Danes, there is a rule in place where you are required to check underneath the vehicle for children before you get onto the car.
So how can you be a law-abiding criminal? The state of Washington (USA) may just have an answer to that. If you are motorist that is entering the state with the criminal intentions, then you are required by law to inform the police chief that you're entering the town.
Do Not Drive on Mondays
While it may seem strange, this might be a practical solution to slow down global warming and pollution. In Manila, Philippines, it is illegal to drive on Mondays if your license plate number ends with either 1 or 2. A similar system can be undertaken in cities where traffic is almost always a problem for commuters.