New laws open UK roads to 16-year-old drivers

Aixam CoupéNew legislation introduced by the European Union means 16-year olds can now drive four-wheeled quadricycles in the UK.

The new ruling, which introduced changes to category P in the UK driving license — the section which covers 50cc mopeds — has added vehicles with four wheels that weigh less than 350kg and a have a top speed of no more than 28mph.

As a result, the Aixam Coupé and the Qpod can now be driven on the roads by 16-year-old. Renault is now also considering bringing its lower-powered Twizy, with a lower top speed, to the UK.

But before driving one of these four-wheeled quadricycles in the UK, the 16-year-olds will have to pass Compulsory Basic Training. No other qualifications are required.

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Jim McGill


Jim McGill is an award-winning motoring and motorsport journalist with more than 25 years' industry experience. He contributes to a number of newspapers and magazines, including The Times, Telegraph, Daily Mail, Scotsman, Sunday Herald and AA Magazine.

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