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csc5mom asks:
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can a 14 year old drive a tractor?

In Topics: Jobs/Careers
> 60 days ago

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Boys Town National Hotline
Jul 21, 2009
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What the Expert Says:

I would encourage you to contact the Department of Motor Vehicles in your local area.  This is the same office where you would report to get your driver's license.  Each state has set laws that govern the operation of farm equipment.  You can find the telephone number for the DMV in your county by checking the blue pages of your local phone book.

Here is the type of information you might receive:
 
No person under the age of 15 can operate any farm tractor or motor-driven implement on the highway unless the driver is on the highway adjacent to land upon which the person lives when that person is actually engaged in a  farming operations.

Keep in mind that each state might vary with regard to age and specifications.  You may need to ask additional questions for clarification once the law has been quoted to you.  Don't hesitate to address the person responding to your inquiry.  There is no such thing as an insignificant question or concern when safety or the law is involved.

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lofran
lofran , Teacher writes:
This is a great question and one that varies from state to state. From the information I found, it appears that at age 14, youth can legally operate a tractor on the farm itself, without pulling a trailer or crossing any public roads, but I caution you to make sure you check with your state's laws on the issue and review the following article that discusses tractor operation safety.

http://www.countryfolks.com/ME2/Audiences/dirmod.asp?sid=&nm=&type=Publishing&mod=Publications%3A%3AArticle&mid=8F3A7027421841978F18BE895F87F791&id=5DDE2FAA15074DD2B85FEEC1B3952A92&tier=4

Here's a link from the California State Department of Motor Vehicles, regarding youth tractor operation: http://www.dmv.ca.gov/pubs/vctop/d16/vc36300.htm

Best regards,
Lori
> 60 days ago

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CreativeRachna
CreativeRac... , Child Professional, Teacher writes:
This is a great question.  Although your son is legally of age to be able to drive a tractor, you may want to assess his maturity levels and decide whether he is mature enough to operate heavy machinery.  All children develop and mature at different stages and you may want to sit down and have a few conversations about the dangers and risks of driving a tractor.  Even though tractors are driven on farm lands away from traffic, there are still risks associated with a large machine.  You may want to set rules such as, no friends around while driving the tractor, or no music allowed in order for your son to fully concentrate on the driving.  You may also want to tell him driving is a privilege, not a right.
I hope this helps,
Thanks,
Rachna
> 60 days ago

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