Piaggio will debut the latest in its MP3 - the Gilera Fuoco in South Africa - range of three-wheeled scooters at the 2009 London Motorexpo, at Canary Wharf from June 8-14.

The MP3 LT is the first scooter with an engine bigger than 125cc that can be legally ridden (in Britain) with a normal car licence.

It's as manoeuvrable as - but no wider than - a two-wheeler but much more stable thanks its two independent front wheels.

Piaggio UK is touting it as the ideal solution for commuters who'd love the freedom of a scooter but don't have a motorcycle driving licence.

The MP3 LT has a 465mm front track - slightly wider than the Fuoco - and a pedal-operated combined braking system which (in Britain, anyway) qualifies it as a three-wheeled car. And, of course, it has far greater performance than the 50 and 125cc scooters to which car licence holders were previously restricted.

Piaggio UK is offering test rides - all you need is a car driving licence! - at the show, so if you're going to be in London next week, book yours at the Piaggio UK website.

Also on show will be the most powerful Vespa yet - the GTS 300cc Super (already available in South Africa at a whopping R89 950) - the Vespa S, the Piaggio Fly and the Gilera GP800 maxi-scooter.