Are ‘right-handed’ cars legal in the US?

Trooper Steve answers a question of his own this week

ORLANDO, Fla. – News 6 traffic safety expert Trooper Steve Montiero answers viewer questions about the rules of the road every week, helping Central Florida residents become better drivers by being better educated.

This week, he sought to answer a question of his own: Can you drive a “right-handed” car in the United States?

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“We get visitors here to Central Florida by the thousands on a daily basis but when you’re not the one visiting another country, the way they get around can look a little different,” Montiero said. “I just got back from my vacation and a portion of that brought me to London. Obviously, they drive on the opposite side of the road and in return their vehicles are designed with right-hand drivers. So it got me to thinking if I liked one of these cars, could I technically drive that vehicle here in the United States?

Trooper Steve says there are no federal regulations prohibiting the use of a right-hand-drive vehicle on public roads in the United States. Depending on what state you live in that vehicle would still be required to pass a vehicle inspection and emissions testing, but there are no laws that would prohibit the steering wheel from being located on the right-hand side.

“Of course, the safety fanatic in me would stress the reminder of making sure that you’re absolutely focused when operating a vehicle like this,” Montiero said. “Their roadways are built for right-hand drivers, and since we travel on the opposite side, things could get a little nerve-racking. But like I said, no law prohibits that vehicle from being driven here.”

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About the Author:

Steven Montiero, better known as “Trooper Steve," joined the News 6 morning team as its Traffic Safety Expert in October 2017. A Central Florida native and decorated combat veteran, Montiero comes to the station following an eight-year assignment with the Florida Highway Patrol.