Cars for novice drivers
What are the characteristics of cars for novice drivers?
According to article 117 of the Highway Code, anyone who has been driving on a B license for less than three years is considered a novice driver. The limitations of kW and power, however, only apply to their first year of driving
The main purpose of the legislation is to prevent novice drivers from driving cars too powerful for their driving experience. The Highway Code defines in detail the correct power / weight ratio of the vehicle and what the maximum power limit, expressed in kilowatts / horsepower, must be:
- The limit for novice drivers is 55 kW / tonnes
- The vehicle must not exceed 95 horsepower (i.e. 70 kilowatts)
Novice drivers who do not comply with the law risk penalties ranging from a fine to being suspended from driving.
To respond to the needs of those who have recently passed their driving test and want to discover new roads, Fiat offers cars with different engines respecting both power and power / limits.
Novice drivers legislation: limits and sanctions
In addition to defining what type of car a novice driver can drive, Article 117 of the Highway Code provides other limits that new drivers must be careful not to exceed.
- Speed limit: novice drivers must not exceed a maximum speed of 100 Km / h on motorways and a maximum speed of 90 Km / h on main suburban roads.
The novice driver who respects these simple rules, can drive undisturbed without risk of fines, points reduction and suspension from driving.
- Alcohol level: a novice driver who wants to drive must ensure they have not consumed alcohol, even small amounts. The limits are very strict and the risks are high: fines, reduction of points (minimum 5) and suspension from driving.
If a novice driver is pulled over driving a car that exceeds the mandated power limits, they risk penalties ranging from a fine to a 2 – 8 month suspension from driving.
To avoid incurring penalties of this kind, you just need to check if the car correctly meets the limits provided for by the law, visit your local vehicle registration authority’s website and enter your vehicle’s license plate. There are currently no changes to article 117 of the Highway Code.