French lesson in safety for teenagers on the road
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.