New law allows 16 year old drivers

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Recently introduced legislation by the European Union means 16 year olds can now legally drive certain vehicles on Britain's roads.

Recently introduced legislation by the European Union means 16 year olds can now legally drive certain vehicles on Britain's roads.

The change to Category P, which was introduced on 19th January, has reclassified the 50cc moped category to include a series of low powered cars and quadricycles that weigh less than 350 kg.

This means 16 year old car insurance holders can drive lightweight vehicles that have a capped top speed of 28 mph.

Justin Bond, the UK manager for one of the companies that produces these regulated vehicles, has told Motoring Research that market demand is strong, "We have a number of dealers in place, through some of our existing network and new dealers interested in selling alongside either cars or motorcycles.

"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."

Any 16 year old wishing to drive on Britain's roads will have to first pass a Compulsory Basic Training course, which examines their motoring skills through both a theory and practical test.

The change in legislation is expected to prove popular in Britain, with 300,000 of the newly-legalised vehicles already sold in mainland Europe. The Aixam Mega is one of the most popular of these vehicles, which costs £10,000 and produces 95 miles-per-gallon from its 400cc engine. Renault are also expected to lower the top speed of their Twizy car to tap into this new market.

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