The ‘cars’ that can be legally driven by 16-year-olds
16-year-olds can now legally drive ‘car-like quadricycles’ on UK roads under pan-European legislation that came into force in January 2013 (MSN Cars).
The new rules were introduced following a reclassification of the moped licence category to include the new vehicle types. Any 16-year-old that passes the theory and practical Compulsory Basic Training (CBT) tests will now be eligible to both ride a moped and drive a ‘light quadricycle’.
The vehicles must not weigh more than 350kg and have a maximum top speed of 28mph.
This legislation brings the UK into line with the rest of Europe, where around 300,000 quadricycle-type cars have been sold.
Manufacturers that produce vehicles covered by the legislation include Aixam and Renault. The vehicles currently cost around £10,000 and insurance costs for a 16-year-old are likely to be in excess of £2,000.
16-year-old Jamie Coley, who is driving an Aixam, said: “I don’t agree with people who say that 16 year olds shouldn’t be driving.
“I’ve seen people of any age that should not be on the road, and a 17-year-old can be driving at 70 or 80mph whereas this is much slower and therefore safer.”
Justin Bond, UK manager for Aixam, said: “People need to see it as an alternative to a moped, rather than comparing it to a car, and our experience in Europe shows that they are a popular first step towards driving a car, or a dry alternative to motorcycles in winter.”
Newbury-based Pro-Bike is selling the Aixam. Kevin Williams, Pro-Bike manager, said: “It’s a fact that not all parents want their children on two wheels, and they may feel happier with them on four wheels in a weather-proof environment and able to take a passenger.”
Click here to read the full MSN report.