The minimum age for being able to ride a 50cc motorcycle is now increased from 14 to 15.
01 September 2010 @ 15:51
From The Reader.ES
FROM today, September 1, the minimum age for being able to ride a 50cc motorcycle will be increased from 14 to 15.
This is bad news for young teens, who now will not get their hoped-for freedom on wheels as soon as they would have liked.
And manufacturers of mopeds fear a drop in sales as a result.
The issue of the minimum age has been on the table for two years, but the government declared a moratorium to give those affected time to adapt.
This said, spokesman for left-wing party CiU, Jordi Jané, called for the period of grace to be extended.
He stressed that riding a moped is good early training for driving a car and can mean fewer motor accidents among the young when they eventually pass their driving tests.
But the Dirección General de Tráfico (DGT) says the move could help reduce the number of deaths and serious injuries seen among moped riders.