With many drivers using their vehicles only for single-person urban trips, motor scooters are growing in popularity. While my local area still doesn't resemble the average Italian town, I've definitely seen a lot more adults on scooters than in any time in previous memory; they're no longer just for those who'd lost their license (usually on a drunk-driving conviction). While the article lists off a bunch of (comparatively) expensive models from manufacturers like Aprilia, Yamaha, and Honda, the boom around these parts seems to be fueled more by the Chinese models that are popping up all over with a price of under $2000, or even much less in some cases. I'd still like to know why it's legal to ride a scooter without a helmet, but yet I can't get a microcar in this country because it's "not safe".

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