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LET’S TALK ABOUT LEGISLATION AND THE LICENCE-free vehicles

Learn more about the legislation regarding licence-free vehicles and find the answers to all of your questions.

WHAT IS AN LICENCE-free VEHICLE?

The licence-free vehicle is likened to a moped. It is a light quadricycle, also called a buggy or a AM-licence car.

It has the following technical characteristics:

Since 1st January 2017, the operating weight when empty is restricted to 425 kg
Diesel or electric engine limited to 6 kW
Number of seats limited to 2

WHAT DO YOU NEED TO BE ABLE TO DRIVE?

To be able to drive a licence-free car in France, you must:

  • Be aged 14 or over
  • Be in possession of an AM licence (= moped licence), for all persons born on or after 1st January 1988
  • Be in possession of a BSR licence (= road safety certificate), obtained before 19th January 2013, for all persons born on or after 1st January 1988
  • You do not need a licence if you were born before 31st January 1987
  • You may drive anywhere except on the motorway and dual carriageways


WHO CAN DRIVE A LICENCE-free CAR?

The AM-licence vehicle is a permanent or temporary solution for people who do not have the full driving licence but still wish to be mobile:

Teenagers above the age of 14*
People who have had their licence removed or suspended. If they have not been banned from driving a motor vehicle by a judge, they can drive a light quadricycle under the same conditions as those mentioned in the previous paragraph.
People who have never possesed the B licence 

For all of these people, the AM-licence vehicle range can be purchased or rented.

This information is not exhaustive. For more information on AM-licence legislation click here.

*Be in possession of the AM licence (= moped licence), for all persons born on or after 1st January 1988