Japanese road safety; addressing ageing drivers
The Japanese authorities are taking steps to ensure greater road safety for ageing drivers. This follows data showing that elderly drivers are involved ina worryingly high number of serious road crashes in Japan. And with the age demographic of the country increasing, the problem looks likely to grow unless addressed effectively. As a result, older drivers will be able to benefit from fixed charges for using taxis, in a bid to tempt them away from using their own cars. Older drivers may also face changes to regulations, requiring them to drive only those vehicles equipped with the latest safety technology. This last issue will be decided by the Japanese Government in the second quarter of 2020. A requirement for all new vehicles to be fitted with automatic braking technology will also be reviewed at the same time.