Does driving without a shirt generate a fine? Understand the Brazilian Traffic Code!

There are some rules that can cause drivers to receive a fine without realizing it. See if driving without a t-shirt is one of them!

Have you ever wondered if driving shirtless could result in a fine? This is a common question among Brazilian drivers, especially on hot summer days, when the temptation to cool off behind the wheel seems irresistible.

It’s time to clarify this myth and understand what the Brazilian Traffic Code (CTB) says on the subject.

Do you have the habit of driving without wearing a t-shirt? Understand whether the practice is subject to a fine! / Credit: @jeanedeoliveirafotografia /

Driving without a shirt: truths and myths about fines in Brazilian traffic

According to the CTB, specifically article 252 which deals with infractions related to driver conduct, there is no mention of the obligation to wear a shirt when driving. This means that, legally, there is no prohibition on driving without a shirt, in a bikini or swimming trunks. The choice of clothing while driving is, therefore, a personal matter, not regulated by law.

Three common traffic infractions that may or may not result in a fine

Now, driving involves responsibilities that go beyond knowledge of traffic rules and driving skills.

The driver’s clothing, in some situations, can be a source of infractions and, consequently, fines. Let’s explore three common situations related to dress while driving that can result in penalties.

Driving barefoot

Firstly, one of the most common traffic myths is the belief that driving barefoot is prohibited and punishable by a fine. In reality, Brazilian traffic legislation does not specifically prohibit this practice.

However, it is essential that the driver has full control of the pedals and that the lack of footwear does not compromise driving safety. Therefore, although it is not a direct offense, driving barefoot can be considered an unsafe practice, especially if it results in an accident or dangerous driving.

Use of inappropriate footwear

Next, some types of shoes can compromise the driver’s ability to safely operate the car’s pedals. Shoes with very thick soles, flip-flops, high heels or shoes that do not fit firmly to the feet (such as some sandals) can slip off the pedals or make it difficult to control properly, increasing the risk of accidents. Although driving with these types of shoes is not expressly prohibited, in the event of accidents related to lack of control, the driver may be held responsible and penalized.

Using headphones

Using headphones while driving is a traffic violation according to the CTB. Although it is not a clothing issue, it is a common accessory that affects driving. Using headphones prevents the driver from hearing external sounds that are essential for safe driving, such as sirens, horns and traffic noise. This practice is considered an average infraction, subject to a fine and points on the driver’s license.

Comfort and safety: priorities in traffic

The priority when driving should always be comfort and safety, without specific restrictions regarding the type of clothing. On intensely hot days, being able to cool off behind the wheel is a relief for many drivers. However, it is important to ensure that the choice of clothing does not compromise drivability. Comfortable clothing that does not hinder movement when driving is recommended.

Blitz and courtesy: what to expect

Although driving shirtless does not constitute an infraction, in a traffic stop or police stop, authorities may ask the driver to dress, especially if they need to leave the vehicle. This request, however, has no mandatory legal basis. It’s more a matter of courtesy and respect, both for the driver and traffic agents.

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