Highway Code: Can a woman drive bareback?

Deepak Gupta August 21, 2022
Updated 2022/08/21 at 11:44 AM

With the heat that is felt in Portugal, there are many who have the habit of driving in flip-flops and without a shirt. According to the Highway Code, there is nothing wrong, however, it is important that shoes and clothing used (or lack thereof) are not an obstacle to safe driving.

But what if it’s a woman, can she drive bare-chested? What does the Highway Code say?

Highway Code: Better read article 11

The GNR says that driving barefoot, in flip-flops or bareback “does not constitute any offence” as long as it does not impair driving safety. But, if this happens, the driver can receive a fine that varies between 60 and 300 euros.

Driving bare-chested, however, raises a gender issue. If a woman intends to drive with no clothes on, can she... will she not be punished? As this is a sensitive issue, which generally deserves much discussion, namely, gender discrimination, the Penal Code states that the woman can be fined if someone feels uncomfortable.

Highway Code: Can a woman drive bareback?

These situations are not defined by the Highway Code, but the article 11 states that "drivers must, while driving, abstain from any acts that may jeopardize the exercise of driving safely". This generic prescription appeals to common sense and, more than that, indicates that if the law enforcement officer understands that the behaviors he adopts may pose a risk to road safety, the driver may be fined between 60 and 300 euros.

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