Top Five Weirdest Traffic Laws In the UK

Posted on March 27, 2013 · Posted in News

Our great country has many odd laws that technically are still valid today, just not enforced. Laws such as it being illegal for a lady to eat chocolate in public or any boy under the age of 10 must never see a naked mannequin, are all quite odd. But some of the strangest laws in the UK are related to you and me getting around via cars or public transportation.

Many of the laws are no longer enforced, as they would be almost impossible to enforce. Others are just so ‘out there’ that police would most likely feel awful writing someone up for breaking that specific law.

Let’s check out the top five weirdest traffic laws:

1. No cows can be driven down the roadway between 10 AM and 7 PM unless prior approval from the commissioner of police. This law probably dates back to quite some time ago and is quite hilarious if you think about it. As cars became more popular, cows and other slower forms of transportation became more and more troublesome. With car drivers looking to get from point A to point B as fast as possible a cow in the road could really slow your commute down. Imagine if a cow randomly made its way onto a highway today! I wonder what the insurance premium on a cow is these day.

2. London Hackney Carriages (taxis) are required to carry a bale of hay and sack of oats at all times.A very odd law, which has been in place for over 100 years. Many taxi cab drivers started buying extremely small bales of hay and bags of oats in their cars due to this law.

3. Horns cannot be used or sounded when stationary on a road at any time. Horns can only be used at times of danger due to another vehicle on or near the road.This law is still intact and if enforced, would most likely put a ton of Brits behind bars. As frequent as horns are used these days, especially in traffic, it would be nearly impossible for this law to be enforced to its fullest extent.

4. In London, a person cannot flag down a cab or get on public transportation if they knowingly have the plague or other notifiable diseases. A law that still makes sense today, but by the time it in enforced the damage is done. Public transportation is loaded with people and if an infected person jumps on board, it can spread faster than a wildfire. If the disease happens to be life threatening, a ticket from the police is not going to be much of a concern from the person who is infected.

5.It is illegal to store your animal on the roof rack of your car. Sure you can throw your skis, snowboard or even your luggage on top of your car, but a few local areas in the UK felt they needed to clarify that it is also illegal to place your dog or cat in a crate on top of your roof rack. The fact that this even needed to become a law is quite frightening.