As I have mentioned in a few previous posts, after almost 20 years I have recently started the learn to drive, and amongst the minefield of actually learning to drive, there is also the task of learning the law when it comes to the road. Speed limits, things that you can and can’t do are all things that you need to learn in order to be driving safely, and not risking points on your precious licence. But a recent study by SimpsonMillar.co.uk shows that breaking the law whilst driving is easier to do than you might think, especially as there are some pretty strange laws about. They have put this information in a fun infographic that you could read in full here.
Honking the horn at some idiot driver in front, driving around with a car for sale sign in your window, or simply driving too slowly, all these are fairly innocuous ways that you could be breaking the law. They are probably things that most drivers have done at one time or another, but are law breakers all the same.
And, as well as these little known laws, there are also some rules and regulations that just defy believe and can only be categorised as coming from the World of the Strange. For instance, did you know that London Black Cab drivers, as well as needing to have ‘The Knowledge’ should also never be traveling without carrying a bail of hay and a sack of Oats at all time? I’m assuming this dates back to a time when a cab meant a horse drawn Hansom cab, but this is still a law that has never been revoked, so watch out when you are sticking your luggage in the boot at Euston Station. It is still illegal to hail a cab in London if you happen to be suffering from the Plague – which I guess sort of makes sense!
I am so hoping some of these date questions come up when I am doing my theory test…