French les­son in safety for teenagers on the road

Yorkshire Post - Motoring - - FRONT PAGE - Fred­eric Manby

THIS may be the an­swer for par­ents wor­ried about their teenagers tak­ing to mopeds – one of the most haz­ardous road ve­hi­cles.

The Aixam Coupé S sounds a bit sporty but the three me­tre French two-seater is lim­ited to 30 miles an hour and is mar­keted as a safer all­weather alternative to mopeds in France where leg­is­la­tion al­lows 16-year-olds to drive cars like this.

Un­der Euro­pean law th­ese “carpeds” can now be driven by 16-year-olds on a moped li­cence in Bri­tain. First de­liv­er­ies start in Jan­uary and a chain of bike deal­ers is be­ing cre­ated to sell the £10,000 ve­hi­cle.

How much? Well, ac­tu­ally £9,999 – which for a 400cc diesel car with a per­mit­ted max­i­mum of just over five horse power looks mea­gre value for money.

Add to that in­surance of £2,200 a year and a carped, or as they are tech­ni­cally known, a quadri­cy­cle, is not cheap – even with a 95mpg po­ten­tial.

How­ever, Justin Bond, Aixam’s UK man­ager, said: “We be­lieve that the young rider mar­ket for scoot­ers and mopeds has been con­tract­ing lately due to the dif­fi­culty in con­vinc­ing par­ents of the safety is­sues sur­round­ing mopeds and scoot­ers, and this will of­fer a safer method of trans­port.”

SLOW STARTER: The Aixam Coupé S.

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