Japan Draws Up Measures against Elderly Car Accidents

Politics Society

Tokyo, June 18 (Jiji Press)--The Japanese government on Tuesday came up with a set of emergency measures in response to the recent spate of car accidents involving elderly drivers and leading to deaths of children.

The package, adopted at a meeting of related cabinet ministers, calls for, among other things, promoting the development of new transport systems that use autonomous driving technology in order to create a society where elderly people can live without the need to have their own cars.

Another involves the introduction of a new driver's license category that limits the holder to only driving cars equipped with safety features such as one that restrains acceleration when the driver mistakenly steps on the gas pedal instead of the brake.

Under the package, the government will consider making automatic brakes mandatory for new vehicles.

The numbers of driver's license holders aged 70 or older in Japan grew about 10 times to some 11.3 million last year from about 1.09 million in 1989.

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