Driving is a task that most of us take for granted. We get in the car, put our seatbelts on, and away we go. But what happens when you get behind the wheel in a country with different driving laws than the ones you’re used to?
In the UK, there are actually some of the strangest laws in place that govern how we drive. Let’s take a look at some of the most unexpected driving laws in the UK.
Transportation Of Rabid Dogs and Infectious Passengers is Forbidden
This one definitely falls into the bizarre category of driving laws. As a taxi driver, if you are approached to transport a passenger but you have suspicions of the dog being infected. Then you have a right to refuse the job. It goes without saying that health and safety laws restrict the transportation of animal corpses or mad dogs.
Additionally, if taxi drivers think their passengers might be infected with a disease, then they are legally obliged to not let them in the vehicle, as declared by the Public Health Act 1936.
From Being Drunk To Sleeping
It’s no surprise that drinking and driving is a big no-no. But did you know that it’s also illegal to be drunk and be found sleeping in your car?
It is against the law to “drive or be in control of a motor vehicle with alcohol content over the prescribed limit,” as stated in the Road Traffic Act of 1988 (Section 5), and it’s the “in charge” aspect that just might lead to you being charged with driving under the influence and sleeping in the car.
Although this may appear common sense to others, new drivers probably wouldn’t think too much about hogging the middle lane.
When the road ahead is clear, you should always travel in the left lane, according to Highway Code Rule 264. As soon as you have safely passed several slow-moving vehicles, you should go back into the left lane.
If you are found to be deliberately driving in the middle lane. You may also receive three penalty points for reckless driving in addition to an immediate fine.
This is a common thing that can happen. We try our best to avoid driving too fast through puddles. Although it may be an accident, in the eyes of the law that may not be the case.
According to Section 3 of the Road Traffic Act of 1988, “driving without reasonable concern for other individuals” might lead to criminal prosecution if you are the one who splashes another pedestrian. If found guilty, you risk receiving a £100 fine and three penalty points.
So, next time you’re driving and see a puddle, think about the surrounding people before you speed through it.
Paying At A Drive Through
Going to get some food and paying at the window for a nice dinner may seem fine.
However, if your engine is not turned off, and the handbrake is not applied, it could mean you’ll be charged the same as if you were driving and using your phone.
It may seem harsh to others, but the law of driving and mobile phone use still stands the same. Doing so can result in a £200 fine as well as six points on your license.
There are many bizarre driving laws in the UK that many drivers may not be aware of. Although some of these laws may seem unfair, it is important to remember that they are in place for a reason. Knowing these laws through and out will make it easier for you to follow them and stay out of trouble.