Last week we had a comment posted by John Foster whose plight was that, as a Canadian resident, he was not permitted to drive a US rented vehicle into Canada. US residents driving a US rental vehicle into Canada? Fine. Canadian residents driving a US rental vehicle into Canada? That’s not fine! Barmy, but then hey who am I to comment on Canadian law?!
This got me thinking about what other strange or unusual laws exist that might affect our customers renting and driving a car around world. Having conducted some quick research I found out that it is illegal for a driver to be blindfolded while driving a vehicle in Alabama, USA (I must remember to take off my blindfold the next time I’m driving there). In a state nearby, it is illegal in Arkansas for a person to honk the horn on a vehicle at any place where cold drinks or sandwiches are served after 9pm.
So to help our customers avoid any inadvertent misdemeanours when driving a car in a foreign country, I thought we could use this blog post as a central resource for collecting information on any strange or unusual or simply less obvious driving laws in various countries. They don’t all have to be funny, some may be quite genuine. For example, in the US you are allowed to turn right at a junction even if the there is a red light (of course it applies only if the road is clear and you need to come to a stop first). In the UK however, a red light means that you simply cannot go and there is no grey area around this.
So if you know of any such laws then please post it as a comment here. I look forward to reading any responses we may get! And if you fancy a bit of a laugh then check out the Times website which has a listed the top 25 most ridiculous laws in the world. Some of them are hilarious!