HC Deb 15 March 2002 vol 381 c1271W
Mr. Ivan Henderson

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will list the statutory regulations that are in place to ensure that a minor cannot purchase a vehicle at a car auction; and what plans he has to review these regulations. [36402]

Mr. Jamieson

There are no statutory regulations preventing a minor from purchasing a motor vehicle at auction although many auctioneers prevent minors from attending.

Motor vehicles may be driven on private property by minors. Any vehicle driven on the road must be done so by the holder of an appropriate driving licence. The minimum age to drive a motor car is 17 years. Sixteen year olds are permitted to drive mopeds.

In addition, legislation requires a vehicle to be properly licensed and registered. The annual licensing process incorporates a documentary check of a person's insurance cover and, where appropriate, the roadworthiness certificate also.