Huge fight over whether you can ride barefoot or in thongs in Australia – so do you know the law?
- A fundamental question about traffic rules has baffled countless drivers on social media
- Hills Police Local Area Command asked if you can ride barefoot or in thongs?
- Some people were quick to say it’s not illegal, others openly disagreed
Debate rages online over whether it is legal to ride barefoot or in thongs in Australia.
Hills Police Local Area Command, based in Sydney’s northwest, posed the question about the traffic rules on their… facebook page – and it didn’t take long for a flood of comments to follow on social media.
Some drivers were adamant that they knew the right answer – others weren’t so sure.
‘Yes. There is no law about what to wear on your feet while driving,” one person said confidently.
After a representative from the Hills District Local Area Command asked whether it is legal or illegal to drive barefoot or with belts in NSW, the debate raged on social media (stock image)
Some commented on social media that thong riding was legal in NSW – others disagreed (stock image)
SHOES RIDING RULES
There are no laws in any Australian state or territory governing what a person wears on their feet while driving, if at all.
Appropriate footwear is strongly recommended.
A second agreed and said, “Legal, yes you can. I personally will never do it again after one slip, got behind the brake and prevented me from braking properly.’
A third disagreed, saying the answer was no, “because driving barefoot or strapped in means the driver is not in full control of their vehicle.”
Another suggested no because it “would be dangerous.”
According to the NRMA’s website, it is not against the law to ride in thongs, but appropriate footwear is highly recommended.
There is currently no legislation requiring a driver to wear or not wear footwear while driving a motor vehicle.
“It’s a bad idea to wear high-heeled shoes, stilettos, thongs or other footwear that could make you lose control of the vehicle.
“If an accident were to occur and it was found that the cause of the accident was due to inappropriate or lack of footwear, a violation under Rule 297 of the Road Rules 2014 (driving without proper control of the vehicle) may be applied.”
Numerous Australians drive barefoot, but opinion on social media has been divided on whether it is a legal activity (stock image)