January 11, 2018
Five of the Most Interesting Laws Around the World
There are some legislative policies around the world that travelers may find a bit eccentric, but for whatever reason, lawmakers felt them necessary enough to pass. Some of them may make sense, some of them may cause you to scratch your head, but if you’re traveling in these areas just make sure you are aware of these laws so you can avoid trouble.
1. Venice, Italy has a ban on feeding pigeons in famous St. Mark’s square. This law aims to decrease the number of pigeons in the square which can be linked to negative health effects and the polluting of monuments. Offenders can be given a fine if caught feeding the local birds.
2. The well-known autobahn in Germany may not have any speed limit law, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get in trouble there. Drivers who run out of fuel on the road can face a hefty fine. While the law actually states that you cannot park on the side of the road unless due to an emergency, officials cite running out of fuel as a human error and therefore avoidable. Next time you have the need for speed on the autobahn, make sure you have a full tank of gas.
3. Another interesting law regarding rules of the road comes from Spain, where you must be properly clothed while operating a motor vehicle. If the vehicle operator does not have a shirt or proper shoes, he or she is subject to a fine.
4. Greece has passed a law banning tourists from wearing stilettos or high heels at its historic landmarks. Authorities claim that the high heels digging into the fragile ground can damage the sacred sites. Just wear running shoes, it’ll be more comfortable anyway.
5. Singapore is one of the cleanest cities in the world. This may be because of laws like the chewing gum ban. Chewing gum is outlawed in Singapore unless it is for health reasons. Lawmakers suggest that the chewing gum ban leads to a much cleaner city.
If you are traveling to any of these areas, or anywhere for that matter, do some basic research into the local laws which you may not know about. Wherever you are, be as a respectful as you can, and keep in mind that you are a guest in a foreign land.