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    Default Slow little cars holding up the traffic.

    This was a subject that got lost in the crash but I am revisiting it as it may give a solution to Dino's problem. Emigrate to Europe!
    France invented a vehicle classification called a quadricycle which is now via a European Directive accepted in most members of the EU.
    Essentially these are small four wheeled cars that can be legally driven without a licence so long as you are over 16.
    They are limited to a weight empty of 350 kg, a 4 kW motor and a maximum speed of 45km/h
    Known as voitures sans permis they are made by a number of manufacturers, some are quite sophisticated and more expensive than say a Cleo. see
    www.ligier.fr
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    When encountering these in traffic, it is important to assess the reason why the driver is using one, as this can serious affect your decisions on how best to avoid them.

    The basic classes of owner are

    The spoilt young
    They will drive it like a sports car, take excessive risks and are unaware that brakes are fitted.
    The handicapped
    They drive slowly in the centre lane, ignoring all others on the road with the determination of a wombat.
    The unreformed alcoholic
    Completely unpredictable and may wind down the window to puke
    Those who can't pass driving tests
    Similar to the alcoholics but liable to freeze in a panic and stop at random


    Australia could use this legislation?
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    we have it, they are called Hyundai's or Cruze's over here

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    Do an image search for the brand. A strong sporting heritage and some very attractive cars. More recently, it appears that golf buggies have been their main styling impetus.
    It's been a long slide since the heady days of F1!

    http://public.fotki.com/gwadagone/in...gierjs252.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by gerry freed View Post


    Australia could use this legislation?
    too right it could. what a great idea!
    my feeling is that there is real need for ultra basic, ultra cheap transport for people who cant afford or cant be trusted in regular cars. i would so support that in australia.

    having had a look some google images, boy they are quite sophisticated. very cool...

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    Quote Originally Posted by gerry freed View Post
    When encountering these in traffic, it is important to assess the reason why the driver is using one, as this can serious affect your decisions on how best to avoid them.

    The basic classes of owner are

    The spoilt young
    They will drive it like a sports car, take excessive risks and are unaware that brakes are fitted.
    The handicapped
    They drive slowly in the centre lane, ignoring all others on the road with the determination of a wombat.
    The unreformed alcoholic
    Completely unpredictable and may wind down the window to puke
    Those who can't pass driving tests
    Similar to the alcoholics but liable to freeze in a panic and stop at random


    Australia could use this legislation?
    I reckon Dino ticks most of the above boxes. I think he should change his avatar to a wombat.

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    I think I saw an Aixam one of these while I was in France. Very odd little thing it was.

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    Quote Originally Posted by danielsydney View Post
    I think I saw an Aixam one of these while I was in France. Very odd little thing it was.
    The modern ones are not odd looking, just a small citadine. See
    http://www.aixam.com/
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