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It was just after World War II that they world really started hearing about the scooter, and that came in the form of the Italian-made Vespa in 1946. Despite this, scooter-like traits were making subtle appearances in certain motorbikes as early as the 1900’s, which reached break-neck speeds of 25 MPH, unlike the beasts on the road nowadays, which can get to speeds of up to 200 MPH. They remain to be popular today due they their low general cost. The scooters themselves are not expensive, and the small engines mean that petrol goes far.
I would say though that due to modern health and safety laws, they are becoming less practical. A friend of mine who couldn’t afford a car bought one to get her to school everyday, and even though it was a very cool and quick little thing, the fact that she wasn’t allowed on the motorways hindered her journey.
Don’t get me wrong, I think it’s a good thing scooters have to stick to the smaller roads. The difference between a car and a scooter is that if a car rams into you in your car, it have nearly 2 tonnes of metal to get through before it gets to you. On a scooter, there is nothing between you and the road. But perhaps that little element of speed and danger is half the fun!