From what I've read (and it only seems to be in the UK press) it seems to be that those with L-plates are somehow to be denied the right to ride alone. Here in France anyone with a Brevet de Securité Routière (which is part of the school curriculum - how good is that?) can ride a 50cc from 14 years of age and anyone with a car-licence can ride up to a 125cc. No-one needs L-Plates.
There's been nothing in the press over here about this, and given the higher proportion of bikers in France than the UK and given that almost every rural 14 year old gets a moped/scooter, there's going to be a HUGE uproar if this goes ahead.
I'm wondering if it's either a) some stupid nanny-state thing from the Brits, or b) some terrible mis-reporting.
EDIT: just had a look at the Motorcycle Industry Association webpage HERE
, and there's nothing at all about this, which is odd given that many of the other reports say this has come from the MCIA.
Happiness has 125 cc