Barry Artiste, Now Public Contributor
Though strange to some, Canada and the US has many of these similar or just as weird rules, most Canadians and Americans are not aware of in other parts of the country. Some of our inane Laws would even have other people in other parts of the world thinking we were totally weird.
IN downtown Ottawa if you ride a horse into town and tie it up in front of the Chateau Laurier (a 5 Star Hotel). A 100 year old bylaw is still on the books that Hotel Staff must feed and water the horse for you while you are in the hotel.
Below is the story and my response in Italics placed into the story.
10 unusual traffic regulations from around the world
The rules of the road are different wherever you drive, but some international would come as a surprise to most Canadian drivers. Here are 10 unusual traffic rules we've found from around the world.
10.Many of Bangkok's one-way roads change their direction at certain hours of the day.
We have a similar route from Maple Ridge to Coquitlam on a certain stretch of Road.
Seattle and Oregon also has a similar system on the I-5
9. In traffic-heavy Manila, vehicles with licence plates ending with the numbers 1 or 2 are forbidden from operating on city roads on Mondays between the hours of 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.
Though not forbidden, during the US Gas Crisis, odd and even Licence plates on alternate days were implemented for those looking to fill up their cars.
8.Taxi drivers in Finland must pay royalty fees to the Finnish Copyright Society if they play music in their cars while transporting paying customers.
Europeans have to pay a special Tax, just for having a radio in their cars. They even have Radio Poice which scan cars on foot to see if they have a radio, some europeans install blanks over their radios in an attempt to fool the Radio Police.
Something unheard of in North America.
7.It is illegal to park on the side of the road almost everywhere in Japan.
Most highways in North America have that rule for their highways. Go to Whistler and try parking on the side of the road in most neighbourhoods and streets. Not Allowed. Whistler even have Traffic Calming roadways. WTF is that all about? Do Roads really need Pyschoanalysis? Now thats a Fruity Law, made by even Fruitier Politicians, in the Fruitest part of British Columbia.
6.Taxis in Australia must carry a bale of hay in the trunk.
Cars wishing to take a shortcut through Montebello, Quebec Nature Reserve to their Cottages, are advised to purchase a bag of fruits and vegatables, because large Herds of Elk and Buffalo will block the roadway and hold you hostage unless you feed them.
5.In Switzerland, washing your car on Sunday is frowned
British Columbia, California and most drought ridden areas, usually have similar water restrictions, including watering your lawn, and even resort to even and odd house adresses systems.
4.South Korean drivers cannot turn left except at certain intersections where indicated.
Ever try turning left driving down Oak or Broadway streets in Downtown Vancouver?
3.In the UK, it is legal for a male to urinate in public, provided it is on the rear wheel of his motor vehicle and his right hand is on the vehicle.
Try taking a leak on the side of any roadway in North America and Smokey will have your ass, thats what the bushes are for.
2. Rental cars have been banned in order to control road traffic in Bermuda.
Park an SUV in downtown Vancouver, and some ECO freaks will spit on the windshield or key your SUV.
Park in DTES overnight with a Late Model Car on any street, and you are SOL. Police units at 312 Main have been trashed right in front of the station by vagrants.
1. In certain areas of Shanghai, it is illegal for drivers to honk their horns.
Actually Honking your horn for no reason, can get you a fine as well, though rarely implemented.