Japan Will Eliminate Electric Scooter Licenses - World News In English

2022-04-21 11:59:08 By : Ms. Aimee Zhang

by notimundo April 20, 2022, 11:38 pm 119 ViewsJapan's parliament on Tuesday enacted a law that will no longer require a license for users of electric scooters, although those under 16 will still be banned from riding them.The new regulations for electric scooters with a maximum speed of 20 kilometers per hour are part of the reforms to the traffic law approved by the House of Representatives.The amendments also include new rules for "Level 4" automated mobility services, such as driverless buses, which the government plans to allow within designated areas.Electric scooters, which are popular in Europe, have attracted a growing number of users in Japan.They resemble skateboards equipped with handles and must be ridden with a helmet.Scooters will now be classified in a newly created category for designated motorized bicycles.In principle, users will be able to circulate in vehicle and bicycle lanes and will also be able to circulate on sidewalks as long as they maintain a maximum speed of 6 km/h.Under the old system, scooters were classified as motorcycles, for which licenses were required.Traffic tickets or fines will be imposed on those who violate the prohibition against minors under 16 years of age, as well as those who facilitate said vehicles to minor users.The regulations related to electric scooters will come into force within two years, while the one related to automated driving will be carried out within a year.The government aims to allow automated mobility services, such as automated buses, to start operating in fiscal year 2022, which runs until March next year.Service providers must submit their operating plans to prefectural public safety commissions for approval and will be penalized for infractions such as failure to report accidents.Autonomous delivery robots will also be allowed to operate after notification from prefectural public security commissions.These robots will be defined as those similar in size to electric wheelchairs and with a maximum speed of 6 km/h.At level 4 autonomous driving, a vehicle can perform all driving tasks without human intervention within a limited area.Autonomous driving technology is classified into five levels, ranging from level 1, which allows automated steering, acceleration or braking, to fully automated level 5.https://japantoday.com/category/national/japan-to-scrap-licenses-for-electric-scooters© 2022 News Online - [email protected]