The driving is like the driving of Jehu son of Nimshi; for he driveth furiously.

THE BIBLE (Kings II 9:20)

Driving Licences

Getting Your Licence

The first driver's licence was issued to the inventor of the modern automobile, Karl Benz, in 1888. The citizens of Mannhein had complained about the noise and smell from his Motorwagen so Benz asked the Grand Ducal Authority for written permission to use the public highways, which he received.

The first locality to require a mandatory driver's licence and testing was Prussia, on the 29th September 1903. The test was conducted by an organisation called the Dampfkesselüberwachungsverein, which translates as the 'steam boiler supervision association'.

The USA got its first licensing laws on the 1st of August 1910, although they only applied to professional chauffeurs. 

In 2013 the EU driving licence was introduced – this will gradually replace the 110 different designs across Europe. 


If everything seems under control, you're not going fast enough.

The Queen does not require a driving licence. She's the only person in Britain who enjoys this privilege.

Chinese Driving Tests 

The 100-question Chinese multiple choice driving test includes the question: 'If you come across a road accident victim, whose intestines are lying on the road, should you pick them up and push them back in?' In case you’re about to take the test, the answer is ‘no’. 
Other questions include:

What should a driver do when he needs to spit whilst driving?
a) Spit through a window
b) Spit into a piece of waste paper, then put it in the garbage can.
c) Spit on the floor of the vehicle.
Drivers should:
a) Deliberately underestimate each other.
b) Compete for road supremacy.
c) Learn and help each other, adopt one's strong points while overcoming one's weak points and keep safely driving.

Until 2002, Lithuanian women were obliged to undergo a gynaecological examination before obtaining a driving licence.


The motor car will help solve the congestion of traffic.

Prawo Jazdy

In the early 2000s, one Mr Prawo Jazdy appeared in Ireland's traffic offenders database over 50 times and was becoming one of Eire’s most wanted villains. Despite being regularly stopped for traffic offences he always evaded justice by showing a licence with a different address and different middle names.

Eventually, in June 2007, a Garda traffic division officer worked out what was happening and issued a memo to all staff: 'Prawo Jazdy is actually the Polish for "driving licence" and not the first and surname on the licence.' 

The Italians have a positive points system for their driving licences. Drivers begin with 20 points and only lose them for bad driving.

Drunk driving is not illegal in Indonesia.

Smoking while driving is banned in North Korea on the grounds that a smoking driver cannot smell a problem with the car.