INTERVIEW: New Driver's License Eyed to Tackle Elderly Accidents

Society

Tokyo, Sept. 30 (Jiji Press)--The Japanese government will consider various measures to prevent traffic accidents involving elderly drivers, including the introduction of a new driver's license category with limiting conditions, National Public Safety Commission Chairman Ryota Takeda has said.

"Many kinds of measures will be needed to prevent accidents as the number of elderly people with a driver's license will increase further," Takeda said in a recent interview with media organizations including Jiji Press.

Takeda said that the idea of introducing the new license category is worth considering, while suggesting that establishing a system to confirm levels of driving skills is at least necessary.

On road rage cases, Takeda said such acts are "too dangerous and inexcusable," adding that "it is most important to take administrative measures swiftly and actively."

The government will address the issue while considering reviews of regulations, including stricter penalties, in the future, he said.

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