What do you think? Italy plans to prohibit new drivers from driving cars with more than 93 horsepower for the first three years

Italy plans to ban new drivers from operating cars with over 93 horsepower for the first three years What do you think?

【PhoneAuto News】In the eyes of many people, restricting novice drivers from driving high-powered cars is beneficial for road safety because novice drivers need a familiarization process with the vehicle. This rule already exists in Italy. However, recently, there have been reports that Italy hopes to further restrict novice drivers by extending the prohibition period from the current one year to three years.

Fiat 500

According to the current driving regulations in Italy, it is prohibited for individuals who have held a driver’s license for less than one year to drive cars with a power exceeding 70 kilowatts (93 horsepower) or a power-to-weight ratio exceeding 55 kilowatts (73 horsepower) per ton. For hybrid or electric cars, this regulation extends to 65 kilowatts (88 horsepower) per ton. The new decision proposed by the Italian Council of Ministers aims to further restrict novice drivers by extending the restriction period to three years. The new regulation still needs to go through the parliamentary process to be enacted, but this move strongly indicates the government’s intention in this regard.

This regulation applies to all new drivers in Italy. The minimum legal driving age in Italy is 18 years old, so the previous regulation required young drivers to drive lower-powered cars until they reach the age of at least 19. If the new regulation is ultimately passed, it means that young people in Italy will have to be at least 21 years old to drive high-powered vehicles. In addition, this rule is calculated from the day of obtaining the driver’s license, regardless of age. Therefore, foreigners who move to Italy and obtain a local driver’s license, or people who obtain a driver’s license at an older age, are also subject to the same restrictions. However, it is currently unclear how this regulation will be applied to existing drivers who have held a license for two years and have purchased more powerful vehicles after passing the initial restriction.

Volkswagen UP

The power limit of 95 horsepower may make many people feel that this value is too low. Even common models like the Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla cannot be driven by novice drivers in Italy. It seems that only small cars like the Wuling Hongguang MINIEV can meet the requirements. However, unlike in China, there are many low horsepower models available in Italy and the entire European market, including the Fiat 500 and Volkswagen UP, which are common small cars in Europe and meet this requirement. However, as a country that has given birth to well-known supercar brands such as Lamborghini, Ferrari, and Maserati, it is indeed quite strict on novice drivers, which is quite contrasting.

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