Sweden Mandates Eco-Driving Lessons

Alex L. Dykes
by Alex L. Dykes
sweden mandates eco driving lessons

Not content with redefining built-it-yourself furniture, the Swedes have decided it is time to redefine driving. Since Sweden has the highest car-sourced CO2 emissions in the EU (mostly due to their love of huge Volvo wagons), the Swedish EPA (SEPA) has announced that anyone obtaining a new drivers license in Sweden must take eco-driving lessons. Added to the already lengthy licensing process in Sweden are class-based sessions as well as behind-the-wheel instruction on lugging your engine shifting to the highest gear as soon as possible, coasting whenever possible with the goal to avoid using your brakes. SEPA claims this process reduced fuel consumption by 10 percent (two – three MPG for most cars). According to Emilie Lundros (preparing to take her final test next month), students who don’t ecodrive fail the new tests. Catching ‘em early seems to be the key. “I only drive eco” says Lundros, “That’s the only way I have been taught, it was easy to get the hang of it and feels natural and comfortable… My parents? They think it’s a bit boring really.” So there you go, our future lies in the hands of the young saving 10 percent and having 10 percent less fun in the process. Parking lot hoonage? Det är strikt förbjudet nu.

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  • Geggamoya Geggamoya on Mar 10, 2008

    We've had it in Finland for years, though not something you have to pass really, just kind of attend and do before you get your final licence. Along with more training on ice/oiled wet asphalt depending on the season. At least the driving school i went to had the eco part. The cheapest licence is about 1200€, that allows you to drive cars and do light towing. Separate licence for bikes, more training and money should you want to do heavy towing or drive large stuff, i think the combined weight has to be under 3500kg, over that and you need a truck licence.

  • Quasimondo Quasimondo on Mar 10, 2008

    You mean taxing them silly doesn't get the same results?

  • SherbornSean SherbornSean on Mar 10, 2008

    I just wish Americans would take driving lessons.

  • Driving course Driving course on Mar 10, 2008

    OK, so it's probably a good idea but I can't see many of the 17 and 18 year old blokes I teach to drive taking much notice!