Russian road safety regulations announced last week bar transgender people from driving.

The regulations prohibit transsexuals, transvestites and others with sexual “disorders” from getting behind the wheel of a car, supposedly for medical reasons, the AP reported.

Nils Muiznieks, human rights commissioner for the Council of Europe, criticized the rules and called on Russia to immediately repeal them.

“The new Russian rules banning people from driving because of their gender are ridiculous and unlawful,” he said Friday in a Facebook post.

Authorities based in part their regulations on “mental and behavioral disorders” defined by the World Health Organization (WHO).

A WHO spokesperson told the AP that it had not endorsed this use of its classifications.

“That is certainly not the intent of WHO's classifications,” said Shekhar Saxena, director of WHO's mental health department.

Saxena said that the classifications were meant to provide uniform diagnoses around the globe.

WHO is expected to revise its International Classification of Diseases in 2017.

Shawn Gaylord of Human Rights First said the “provision may deter transgender people from seeking mental health services for fear of receiving a diagnosis that would strip them of their right to drive, and leaves the door open for increased harassment, persecution, and discrimination of transgender people by Russian authorities.”

“We urge the United States to immediately condemn this provision and to press the Russian government to repeal this decision,” he added.

The new rule “will allow authorities to deny or rescind the driver's license of a citizen based on his or her diagnosis as transgender, bigender, asexual or as a cross-dresser,” according to Human Rights First.