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Homebuilt Pickups and Trailer Hitches: How Underage Teens Skirt the Law to Drive in Sweden

Posted July 07, 2016 12:00 AM by dstrohl
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[Editor’s Note: Ronan Glon of Ran When Parked recently took a trip to the Swedish countryside, where he discovered a sneaky (and legal) way some teens there have figured out how to drive before the legal age.]

Some of the most interesting cars that Sweden has to offer are hiding in small, rural towns, not in museums. That’s because 15 16-year-olds are allowed to drive virtually any type of car if it’s been converted into a two-seater pickup, and modified to top out at about 20 MPH.

These home-made pickups are considered tractors by Swedish law, and they’ve been around for nearly a century. In the early days, real tractors were expensive and difficult to come by, so skilled DIYers began chopping up cars (often Ford Model As) to use them in the fields. The conversion became popular enough that the government wound up writing laws that outlined what farmers were and weren’t allowed to do if they chose to build their own tractor.

So enterprising youths start fabricating their own tractors to drive around town.

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07/07/2016 11:14 PM

I think you might want to rewrite the headline. One that includes the words

underage .... teen ...... skirt

may attract the wrong sort of browser or the authorities

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07/08/2016 6:08 PM

Why? It is perfectly legal in Sweden, who cares about the rest of the world and their authorities. Sweden may be socialist, the people cold and distant like the weather, but they are very advanced people and very good drivers to boot.

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07/10/2016 7:01 PM

I am sorry that you failed to get the humour in my comment. Whether that is because English is not your native language or because you are american (I am English) I do not know.

I also wonder if you have travelled to Sweden or rely on casual stereotypes as I have always found Swedes open and friendly both in Sweden and whenever I have encountered them in other countries. Also Sweden currently has a Social Democrat / Green government and like most European countries has swung across the political spectrum over the years.

My point with the headline was that the use of the three words I mentioned will attract the attention of those authorities concerned with child sexual exploitation as well as those engaged in such reprehensible activity and I thought that perhaps the poster might find a different way to express the ideas which show initiative and a determination to use and acquire engineering knowledge that is only to be encouraged.

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07/11/2016 3:15 PM

Two years. Now in Brexit. Englsih 1st language. Tjena, Hu mor du? Pus Pus!

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07/10/2016 5:02 PM

I suspect a lot of farm boys in many parts of the world have driven a tractor before they were old enough to legally drive an automobile on the road.

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07/10/2016 7:02 PM

Based on my utterly unscientific sample of those I knew studying Agriculture at Uni I thought it was compulsory to drive a tractor before being road legal

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