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Wacky Driving Rules Across Europe

by Aoife-Jayne Hennessy | 1 min read

July 20th, 2020

There are a number of weird and wacky driving laws, rules, and regulations in various EU countries. We’ve pulled together just a few that you might not have known!

Cyprus

You can be fined €25 for reversing unnecessarily.1

Belgium

The side of the street which drivers may park on changes every half-month, and is chosen based on even or odd house numbers.2

Finland

Drivers must have their headlights turned on at all times, even during the day.3

France

Up until 2020, drivers were required to keep their own disposable Breathalyzer kit in the car.4

Republic of Ireland

Drivers of horse-drawn vehicles must carry a lamp on the right-hand side of the vehicle at night which shows a white light in front and a red light in back.5

Portugal

If you wear glasses, you are required to carry a second back up pair at all times.6

Slovenia

You must put your hazard lights on when reversing.7

Spain

You can be fined up to €200 for driving in flip flops.8


Sources

1.      https://cyprusdriving.net/traffic-laws-offences-fines-and-points/

2.      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alternate-side_parking

3.      https://www.visitfinland.com/article/driving-in-finland/#12718789

4.      https://www.thelocal.fr/20200108/france-to-finally-scrap-law-obliging-drivers-to-keep-breathalysers-in-cars

5.      https://www.rsa.ie/Documents/Road%20Safety/Horse_Safety/RSA_Horse_road_safety_booklet.pdf

6.      https://www.rac.co.uk/drive/travel/country/portugal/

7.      https://www.theaa.com/~/media/the-aa/pdf/touring-tips/slovenia.pdf?la=en

https://www.healthplanspain.com/blog/spain-news/547-guardia-civil-to-use-own-discretion-to-fine-flip-flop-drivers.html

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