‘Cars’ you can drive at 16 on a moped licence


In the realm of urban transportation, light quadricycles have emerged as an alternative for those seeking a convenient and eco-friendly mode of travel.

They are “cars” but they are classified as motorcycles so you can drive one as a 16 year-old – as long as you have a moped licence and the quadricycle you choose meets certain requirements. Though there are passenger seats, if you are driving one on your moped licence you will not be able to take passengers. 

Despite that, these compact four-wheel vehicles offer a blend of efficiency, agility, and environmental consciousness. In this blog, we delve into the world of light quadricycles, exploring what they are, their benefits, and rating some of the best models available today.

So what is a light quadricycle?

A light quadricycle is a four-wheeled vehicle that bridges the gap between traditional cars and motorcycles.

Classified as a subcategory of small vehicles, quadricycles are designed for short-distance commuting and urban travel. They are typically more economical and environmentally friendly than conventional cars, making them an attractive option for those who prioritise sustainability.

What kinds of quadricycles can a 16 year old drive?

To qualify as a quadricycle you can drive at 16, vehicles must weigh less than 350kg and have a maximum speed of 30mph.


What are the key features of quadricycles?

1. Compact size

Quadricycles are known for their compact dimensions, making them easy to maneuver through crowded city streets and narrow lanes. This feature not only contributes to their agility but also facilitates hassle-free parking in urban areas.

2. Eco-friendly performance

Many quadricycles are electric or hybrid, emphasising a commitment to reducing carbon emissions. As the world moves towards greener solutions, quadricycles stand out as an eco-conscious choice for short-distance travel.

3. Cost-effectiveness

Quadricycles are generally more affordable than traditional cars, both in terms of purchase price and operating costs. Their compact size often results in improved fuel efficiency, further enhancing their cost-effectiveness.

4. Innovative design

Quadricycles come in various designs, showcasing innovative approaches to urban mobility. From sleek and futuristic models to practical and utilitarian options, there’s a quadricycle to suit every taste and lifestyle.

If you want to find out more about quadricycles read our useful quad bike buyers’ guide for new riders.

5. More comfort

They are warmer, less drafty and safer to ride than a scooter, so if your parents are against you riding a scooter they could be a good option until you’re older. 

What are the best quadricycles for 16 year-olds?

There are a couple of quadricycles available but none are on sale from new in the UK so you would have to buy second hand or import a new one from mainland Europe. The models to look out for include:

1. Renault Twizy


The Renault Twizy 45 is a standout quadricycle with its eye-catching design and electric powertrain. Its compact size and nimble handling make it perfect for navigating city streets. Twizy offers a balance of performance and practicality but will set you back around £7,500. 

2. Aixam City


The Aixam City boasts a modern design and efficient electric engine. The City’s compact size ensures easy parking and maneuverability in congested areas. It looks pretty sporty but it only has a 400cc diesel engine and with one forward gear. It would cost around £10,500. 

3. Piaggio Ape 50


The Piaggio Ape 50 brings a touch of vintage charm to the quadricycle category. With a design reminiscent of classic scooters, it’s perfect for leisurely city rides. Its unique style and practicality make it a compelling option for those who prioritise aesthetics. It will cost around £8,000.

Great insurance, no matter which quadricycle you go for

Whatever your budget and whichever quadricycle you go for, Bikesure will have the perfect quad bike insurance policy to match your circumstances. Call 0800 369 8580 for a swift no-hassle quote or book a callback at a time that suits you. 

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August 8, 2023