Jun 2, 2014

Revised law compels drivers to declare ills

A revised road traffic law that took effect over the weekend obliges drivers to declare illnesses that could pose safety risks behind the wheel. Those who make false reports will be jailed for up to 12 months or fined up to ¥300,000. The revised ...

Nov 11, 2013

Brakeless bike rider arrested in Tokyo

Tokyo police arrested a man Monday for allegedly riding a bicycle without brakes on the rear wheel, in violation of the Road Traffic Act. This is the first time the rider of a brakeless bike has been arrested after defying repeated requests by police, ...

Cyclists warned on new left side rule

Sep 27, 2013

Cyclists warned on new left side rule

by Mizuho Aoki

Many cyclists may be unaware that a ban on riding against the flow of traffic will take effect by the end of the year to curb an increasing number of bicycle-related accidents, police warned Friday. Under the revised Road Traffic Law, which will take ...

Jun 8, 2013

Penalties set for drivers who conceal illnesses

Lawmakers on Friday passed a revision to the Road Traffic Law that includes the possibility of imprisonment for concealing serious illnesses such as epilepsy and schizophrenia when applying for or renewing a driver’s license. The revised law also has stiffer penalties for people driving ...

Feb 15, 2013

Bill targets reckless cyclists, unlicensed drivers

The National Police Agency unveiled a bill Thursday that would crack down on repeat reckless bicyclists, unlicensed motorists and people who fail to disclose diseases such as epilepsy that could impair their driving. The bill to revise the 1960 Road Traffic Law would oblige ...