Driving without a license is legal in Sweden! Well it's not legal to drive a traditional car without a license, but you can drive a modified car without one. The cars are often referred to as A-tractors and have been limited to a top speed of 30 km/h. Drivers of A-tractors also need to be at least 16 years old and have a valid license with AM authorization—which authorizes the driver to use vehicles like scooters and mopeds.
A-tractors are more common in rural areas where public transport is not as easily available for young people who need to get around.
On August 31st, a notable change awaits "a-traktor" vehicles in Sweden. New regulations will be enforced, introducing mandatory seatbelt usage for all occupants and imposing restrictions on passenger capacity.
This adjustment marks a significant departure from the previous norms. The "epa," or "a-traktor," was once synonymous with a social gathering of friends, creating a mobile hub of youthful activity. However, the forthcoming rules aim to create a more spacious environment inside these vehicles, fostering compliance with safety protocols.
Stefan Dahlgren, a municipal police representative, emphasizes the forthcoming clarity surrounding the regulations, stating that the revised policy strictly permits a maximum of two passengers in the "a-traktor," and adherence to seatbelt usage is compulsory. Non-compliance could lead to legal consequences, reinforcing the importance of following the newly established guidelines.
by Julia Powanda/Riedia