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Old 03-31-2017, 03:13 AM   #41 (permalink)
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Hey look at this thing:
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For sale, east of Toronto. Honda Acty Kei Truck with beer dispensing capability.

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Old 03-31-2017, 02:03 PM   #42 (permalink)
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30 YEARS OLD!? And I thought America's 25 year ban was ridiculous!



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The maintenance staff at my campus uses kei vans, cute little things, but annoying when they drive on the sidewalk instead of the road around the campus....
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Some US states: Kei truck = ATV

Just read this interesting nugget...

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Now, as you might already know, the United States forbids the importation and registration of any non-federalized, foreign-market vehicle that isn't at least 25 years old; a rule that applies to kei cars and most desirable JDM models as a whole.

But there's an exception: 21 states allow kei trucks (also known as "mini-trucks") of any age to be imported as off-road vehicles and registered as ATVs, and many of these states happen to allow ATVs to be driven on public roads.
Japanese Kei Trucks Are Weird, Tiny...and Legal in the United States - Autotrader
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Even though they wouldn't comply with crash standards, allowing kei trucks in public roads on a nationwide basis would be actually a good move and benefit many small businesses. Too bad it doesn't sound so likely that Japanese automakers currently operating in the U.S. would feel confident to set a full-volume production for those mini trucks there even if a crash-worthiness waiver got on effect...
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There are street legal kei cars both antique and NEV available
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I SO want a new Alto.


(Mazda rebadge variant)

Saw one of these the other month in Japan. Supposedly a shade over 600 kilograms... which is seriously light, even for a Kei car.

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Just as an aside, I recall reading those same rules elsewhere, in regards to UTVs... I do believe the license is a special low speed license? So not highway legal, right?
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Just as an aside, I recall reading those same rules elsewhere, in regards to UTVs... I do believe the license is a special low speed license? So not highway legal, right?
Not sure if that applies anywhere other than the U.S. or Canada.
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Not applicable to Canada, though our import law is less strict: 15 years or older.

Niky: the article says some states permit ATV's to drive on roads up to 50 mph. In some places, that makes Kei trucks viable everyday vehicles.
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Not applicable to Canada, though our import law is less strict: 15 years or older.
So, unlike the U.S., isn't it possible to import a kei truck to Canada before it turns 15-year old and register it as an ATV? Is it even legal to ride an ATV on public roads in Canada?

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