Russia Bars ‘Sexual Deviants’ From Driving

In its seemingly endless quest to become the Christian version of Saudi Arabia, Russia has passed a new law that forbids those it considers to be sexual deviants — including transsexual and transgender people — from driving a car because there are too many accidents on the roads.

Russia has listed transsexual and transgender people among those who will no longer qualify for driving licences.

Fetishism, exhibitionism and voyeurism are also included as “mental disorders” now barring people from driving.

The government says it is tightening medical controls for drivers because Russia has too many road accidents.

“Pathological” gambling and compulsive stealing are also on the list. Russian psychiatrists and human rights lawyers have condemned the move…

But the Professional Drivers Union supported the move. “We have too many deaths on the road, and I believe toughening medical requirements for applicants is fully justified,” said the union’s head Alexander Kotov.

Sometimes I think I’ve gone through a mirror into some alternate bizarro universe. Unfortunately, I haven’t. It’s this planet.

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  • John Pieret

    Does “mental disorder” include alcoholism? Unlike banning transsexuals and transgenders, banning alcoholics would actually cut down on accidents.

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    Look, everybody knows The Gays can’t drive well, on account of their flimsy wrists. Plus, the lesbos saw and yank on the wheel with their giant arms.

  • http://artk.typepad.com ArtK

    @John Pieret

    Given that Russia has the 4th highest alcohol consumption per capita in the world, and a very high ratio of spirits to other types of alcohol, such a ban would probably result in economic class as a big chunk of the country would have to start walking.

  • http://aceofsevens.wordpress.com Ace of Sevens

    So if I’m reading this right, taxi drivers would support any measure that means more people can’t drive themselves.

  • http://drx.typepad.com Dr X

    Compulsive stealing is on the list? So did Putin lose his license?

  • Sastra

    The only way this law makes sense is to ban sexual deviancy, fetishism, exhibitionism and voyeurism while driving. It’s sort of like not being allowed to talk on the cell phone, polish your nails, or watch tv when merging into heavy traffic. No transsexual medical operations while you’re behind the wheel. Seems fair enough.

    Unless they mean people shouldn’t do these things on the side of the road, distracting drivers and causing accidents. “Look, Olga, it’s an exhibitionist! What’s he doi — crash!”

    No, I fear it is neither, and they are malignant morons.

  • troll

    This seems completely reasonable. After years of experience operating the steering wheel with my penis, I would probably be all over the road if I tried to do so with a vagina.

  • eric

    I once heard Russia’s legal code described as: “make it impossible not to break some law. That way any time you want to arrest someone, you can.”

  • grumpyoldfart

    They put up with the communists for 80 years. They’ll probably put up with this lot for another 80 years.

  • DaveL

    @8,

    In all fairness, that could describe the US legal system as well, in many cases. “Disorderly Conduct”, anyone?

  • buffybot

    Exhibitionists?

    That’s rich, coming from Putin.

  • anubisprime

    Traditionally the state subsidized rot gut vodka might have had something to do with cursing several generations with alcoholism that tended to encourage Russian premature death…add a rusty dilapidated Moskvitch or two in the mix and no doubt carnage prevails, or at least becomes easier, it is far from clear what ‘sexual deviancy’ has to do with the statistics. except to bolster Putin’s ego.

    One does feel he is the embodiment of a Russian ‘bear’ although not quite as he would envisage, seems when sexuality is repressed the character becomes somewhat unstable…It would explain a lot!

  • caseloweraz

    But the Professional Drivers Union supported the move. “We have too many deaths on the road, and I believe toughening medical requirements for applicants is fully justified,” said the union’s head Alexander Kotov.

    Kotov went on to suggest that the ban should apply to professional golf as well. “Misplaced golf ball can do lot of damage,” he said, according to a literal translation.

    Gives new meaning to the commercial made by Lee Trevino, back in the day. In today’s Russia, Putin’s influence is everywhere.

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