5 bizarre road rules from around the world

Australia’s roads are governed by a series of logical and effective road rules that help keep all of us safe while driving. For the most part, road rules around the world tend to make a lot of sense, but there can be some that are confusing, hilarious or outright concerning. These are the road rules we’re looking at today.

The absurdity of some of these road rules can come down to the fact that they were drafted and enforced decades (if not longer) ago but, while they’ve never been repealed, are no longer enforced.


1. Hay Taxi!

In Queensland, there’s a particular road rule that states taxis must carry a bale of hay in the boot of the cab. Confused? Well, this is an example of a road rule that did make sense back in the day but is no longer applicable. This rule was written when a taxi was actually a horse and cart. So having a bale of hay on hand made a little more sense back then. The law has simply never been repealed.

2. Drink and drive in Costa Rica

Australia has very stringent laws when it comes to drinking and driving. There’s a good reason for this, as drunk drivers put their lives and others at risk any time they get behind the wheel. There is no denying the devastating outcomes that can eventuate from the recklessness of a drunk driver.

While the rules can vary between states and territories, the general maximum blood alcohol concentration (BAC) drivers on their open licence in Australia are allowed to reach is 0.05%. For learners/provisional licence holders, most of Australia imposes a 0% BAC.

It’s shocking, then, to find out at that drink driving is technically legal in Costa Rica. Drivers are allowed to throw back a beer while driving provided they don’t get “drunk”. But Costa Rica’s maximum permitted BAC is much higher than Australia’s. Drivers can keep drinking behind the wheel provided they don’t exceed a BAC of 0.75%. That’s a whopping 15 times higher than Australia’s permitted legal limit. Clearly Costa Rica’s definition of what denotes a drunk driver is drastically different from ours.

3. Keep it clean

They say cleanliness is next to godliness, and it appears as though Russia takes this saying very seriously when it comes to vehicles. We’re not sure whether this rule is actively enforced in the country, but it is technically illegal to drive your vehicle around Russia if it is dirty. The fine for not keeping your vehicle clean amounts to around $70 in our currency.

4. “I once was blind… but then got fined.”

Suffice to say, the average person would never dare drive their vehicle while blindfolded, but it appears as though the state of Alabama in the USA wants to ensure no one ever tries. If you happen to be caught driving while blindfolded in Alabama, prepare to be fined or summoned to appear in court.

5. Don’t run out of petrol

When travelling along on Germany’s almost-speed-limit-free Autobahn, it is against the law to stop unnecessarily. If your vehicle runs out of petrol while on the Autobahn and you have to pull over, this counts as an unnecessary stop. After all, it could’ve been avoided by filling your tank to full beforehand. Still, it’s one of those rare cases where running out of fuel on a major highway is considered against the law.