Vietnam bans small-chested women bikers

And we thought Richard Brunstrom was bad...

IN A BIZARRE move by the ruling Communist Party in Vietnam, all small-chested women are now banned from riding motorbikes.

Anyone with a chest under 71cm will be outlawed in a bid to make the country's notoriously hazardous roads safer.

The idea is to prevent people who are too thin, too short or too sickly from riding a motorbike, reports The Daily Telegraph. Suffer from an enlarged liver and sinusitis? Tough luck, because you're coming under the kosh, too.

"The new proposals are very funny but many Vietnamese people could become the victim of this joke," Hanoi stockbroker Le Quang Minh said. "Many Vietnamese women have small chests. I have many friends who won't meet these criteria."

The average Vietnamese man is 162cm tall and weighs about 57kg. The average Vietnamese woman is 155cm and weighs about 45kg. Motorbikes make up about 90 per cent of traffic in the country.