Japan Considering New License for Elderly Drivers

Society

Tokyo, June 11 (Jiji Press)--The Japanese government is considering the creation of a new driver licensing system for elderly people amid a recent string of serious traffic accidents involving elderly drivers, informed sources said Tuesday.

The move is part of efforts to ensure safe driving by elderly people, including revising the driver licensing scheme and promoting new automobile technologies.

The proposed new license will allow holders to drive only vehicles with advanced safety technologies such as automatic brakes and systems that provide for restrained acceleration in the event that the driver mistakenly steps on the gas pedal instead of the brake.

Details of the plan will be hammered out in collaboration by government agencies including the transport ministry and the National Police Agency.

There were 460 fatal traffic accidents in Japan last year caused by automobiles driven by people aged 75 or over, the third highest in the past decade, according to the NPA.

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