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Shaohao

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Microcar for a teenager?
« on: July 27, 2020, 11:45:01 AM »
Hello.

My son is starting college in Liverpool in the incoming months. I would like him to have a safe commute to and from the place where he will live. We are still looking for an adequate place to stay. I was thinking about Aixam microcars. Could you suggest a model. Also, is it okay for a foreigner to drive microcar in the UK? We live in France and I am not sure about UK rules. Here he was able to drive since he was 15, just with his ID.

I would appreciate any help you could give me.

DaveMiller

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Re: Microcar for a teenager?
« Reply #1 on: July 28, 2020, 07:32:13 AM »
Your son will need a UK licence, or foreign licence equivalent to the UK licence.
After 12 months in the UK, he’ll need the UK licence.

“AM”-category Aixams do exist in the UK, but are rare because they are beneficial only to 16-year-olds - after that, they can get (and will want) a proper car and full car licence.

Insurance is surprisingly expensive for a young person in an Aixam (think £2000 per year, but that depends on age and driving experience).  The maximum allowed speed of 28 mph (45 kilometres per hour) can cause problems - other drivers will not be as forgiving in Liverpool as they would be in rural France!
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