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Cars that can be driven by 16-year-olds
Since the 19 of January 2013 a new law came into effect in the UK that allows 16-year-olds to drive lightweight microcars under a new DVLA car class called 'AM'.
Cars in this class must conform to two limits: they must weigh less than 350kg and have a top speed limited to 28mph.
The latest car to fit into this category is a small car from a French manufacturer called Aixam. It joins the likes of the uber-cool Renault Twizy (above).
It's much safer than a scooter, offering much better crash protection, including a full rollcage and an airbag.
But did you know there is already a class of car that 16-year-olds can drive? It's called the 'P' class, for cars with three wheels that are powered by an engine no greater than 50cc and designed not to exceed 31mph. If it meets these criteria, you can drive it at 16.
So where are all these cars? The truth is they're very rare, but look hard and you might just find one. Here's our run-down of cars to keep an eye out for if you're 16 and desperate to drive right now. If you're not 16 untill next year, we've also included some that will qualify for the new class this year.
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How much is the insurance going to cost for one of these? not to mention i wouldnt trust some 16 year olds on a push bike let alone a car like this, just another fad for the government to drain our pockets, only the rich or stupid will be able to afford them
Of course a 16 year old can drive ANY car, its the legalities of whether they own them that is the problem.
I can see what positive aspects this idea, it will allow drivers to get on to the road earlier on & will give them a taster of what it’s like to drive a car. The slower speed will not allow them to drive around like the immortal teenagers most of them think they are.
However some of the positives can cause some big issues. I think there going to be too dangerous because of the slow speed, their only going to cause other road users anger and frustration to take evasive driving to overtake or in braking when they pull out of a junction etc. Plus the size of the cars, I would hate to think how one would fair in an accident with a regular sized road car.
They are also just going to cause more congestion on the road as especially their 28 mph speed will restrict them to town/city driving so they will clog more of our town centres.
I think they need to start introducing the American style driver Z programme into schools as it would be more of an effective way of introducing young drivers to the road. As young drivers need to know driving dangers, accident avoidance, the consequences of speeding and learning respect for other road users. So that it gives them the ethos that cars aren’t racing cars for the road but are a means of transport.
You are correct in my view to advocate the smaller car for the young drivers. Also, the insurance is a huge problem which could be helped through the young gaining road experience through these cars. I believe driving should be a compulsary subject taught at school from around 12-13 years.
Insurance is something I believe the Government should get on top of. At present it is legal theft by insurance companies.
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