The Abe government on Tuesday gave the go-ahead to a bill that would impose harsher penalties for road rage incidents and institute measures aimed at reducing fatal accidents involving elderly drivers.

The proposed changes to the road traffic law would oblige drivers aged 75 and above with traffic offenses on their record to pass a driving test when renewing their license.

If they pass the test, such drivers would be issued a limited license allowing them only to drive vehicles equipped with advanced safety features, such as a special brake designed to prevent unintentional acceleration.