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Whether it’s due to old-fashioned laws that never got updated or logistic challenges unique to that country, the world is full of strange driving laws. Some of them have extreme consequences and others are just pointless.

Here are our most bizarre driving laws from around the globe…

Costa Rica

You’re allowed to drink an alcoholic beverage while driving although you will be fined if caught drunk.

Cyprus

Eating or drinking anything while driving is illegal, even water!

Denmark

All Danish drivers have to check under their car before they start it to check if there’s a person under the car.

All drivers must have dimmed headlights on 24 hours a day.

Finland

Taxi drivers require a licence to play music while carrying passengers.

France

All drivers must carry their own breathalyser, if you are caught without one you could face an €11 fine.

Luxembourg

All cars must have windshield wipers, however they are not required to have a windshield.

Philippines

In Manila cars with licence plates ending in 1 or 2 aren’t allowed on certain roads between 7AM and 7PM on Mondays, those ending in 3 or 4 on Tuesday, 5 or 6 on Wednesday, 7 or 8 on Thursday, and 9 or 0 on Friday. This law was created to help reduce congestion in the city centre.

Portugal

You are not allowed to transport bicycles on the back of your vehicle.

Russia

It’s against the law to drive a dirty car, especially with mud on the licence plates. If caught you can be fined from R.800 to R.2,000. (£8.00 – £20.00)

Singapore

Police will stop you if you come within 50 metres of a pedestrian for dangerous driving.

Spain

You are required to carry an extra pair of glasses in the car at all times.

It’s a criminal offence to drive wearing flip-flops, backless shoes, shoes that are open at the front, high heels and driving with no shoes at all.

Switzerland

It is illegal to wash your car on a Sunday.

If you know of any strange driving laws or have been caught violating any of these laws please let us know.

Sources:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/cars/advice/unusual-laws-when-driving-abroad/

http://www.cheatsheet.com/automobiles/10-countries-with-crazy-traffic-laws.html/?a=viewall

http://doingcostarica.blogspot.co.uk/2009/03/new-laws-for-driving-in-costa-rica.html

http://www.driverabroad.com/driving-facts/strange-driving-laws/