14 Strange Taxi Laws From Around The World

Broke a signal? Not wearing a seat belt? Over-speeding? While these are the most common reasons that you can be fined for, there are some crazy taxi laws that you wouldn’t believe really exist. From carrying rabid dogs to eating garlic, the world has come up with some of the most bizarre and fascinating taxi laws.

So, are you ready?

  1. In London, the law forbids taxis from carrying rabid dogs or corpses.1

  2. It is also illegal for a person with the plague to flag down a taxi or try and ride on a bus in London.2

  3. Danish law says that you must have dimmed headlights on at all times, even in daylight. Thus, driving with headlights off in Denmark is a crime. 3

  4. In Halifax (Canada), taxi drivers are not allowed to wear T-shirts.4

  5. In Key West, cab drivers can charge you as much as $50 for vomiting in their cab. 5

  6. However, taxis in Las Vegas allow you to freely drink alcohol from an open container.6

  7. In Massachusetts, taxi drivers are forbidden from making love in the front seat during shifts.7

  8. Until very recently, one couldn’t hail a cab in Los Angeles unless it was in a special taxi zone.8

  9. In Queensland, a person driving a taxi is not required to wear a seatbelt while there are other passengers in the taxi.9

  10. In Montana, it is illegal to have a sheep in your cab’s truck without a chaperone.10

  11. Riding on the roof of a taxi cab is not allowed in Ohio.11

  12. Hackney Carriages in London must carry a bale of hay and a sack of oats.12

  13. In Toronto city, you cannot ride in a cab on Sunday if you have just eaten garlic.13

  14. Taxi drivers in Finland have to pay royalties if they want to play their radio while carrying passengers.14


Humans can be really funny, especially when it comes to the kind of rules we set. Stay tuned for more outrageous yet funny laws, that change the way you travel. For reasons that are unknown, some of these laws are still in place. Just imagine the misery. 

After all, it’s not a bad idea to do your research about local laws and traditions before you plan your trip. 😉