14 Year-Olds in France Can Drive This Little Car, The Twizy, Thanks to New Legislation

By: | March 25th, 2015

When I was 14, I carpooled with all my friends in order to get to our baseball and basketball games.

Nothing too exciting, as a parent would always drive.

My how times have changed, especially in France, which recently announced 14-year-olds are allowed to drive light motorized quadricycles, such as The Twizy pictured above.

Here is an excerpt from the company behind The Twizy, Renault:

The European Union recently introduced a new directive providing for the harmonization of driving licenses. As part of the new directive, France has adapted its regulation concerning light quadricycles.

Under the new legislation, 14-year-olds … are authorized to drive light motorized quadricycles, previously reserved for individuals aged 16 and over.

The Twizy is marketed as a versatile urban electric vehicle that’s substantially safer than two-wheeled transportation, with 15,000 being sold since its debut in 2010.

According to Renault, the vehicle is extremely safe and provides a solid, more comfortable alternative to things such as bikes and scooters.

I’m just waiting for the first 14-year-old Twizy car club to pop up in France… Now, that would be funny.

Marshall Smith

Technology, engineering, and design enthusiast.

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