Rome is clamping down on the use of microcars following the recent death of two young drivers in accidents in Rome.

The municipal police has launched a series of patrols and controls across the city, with a special focus on schools and other places where young people congregate.

Drivers of vehicles made unsafe by modifications to the bodywork or engine are liable to a fine and confiscation of the vehicle. The same applies to drivers caught carrying passengers unlawfully (by law only a driver aged 18 or over can carry a passenger).

There are over 5,000 microcars in circulation in Rome and they are popular especially among minors as drivers do not need a full driving licence but only the so-called