Tokyo to start reporting electric scooter users for minor infractions
Tokyo Police will begin issuing tickets, possibly later this month, to electric scooter users for minor offenses such as ignoring traffic lights and driving on sidewalks to avoid an increase accidents, investigative sources said Thursday.
Users of electric scooters need a permit and vehicles are classified in the same category as motorcycles under the highway code. Police have so far only taken action for more serious offenses such as driving without a license, driving under the influence of alcohol, or causing injury.
Users who receive multiple tickets can be fined or have their license suspended.
Between January and November of this year, there were 16 accidents in Tokyo involving electric scooters that resulted in injuries. In addition, 44 accidents caused material damage in the capital.
Popular in Europe and with a growing number of users in Japan, electric scooters resemble skateboards equipped with handles. Users are required to wear helmets, attach license plates and mirrors, and have automobile liability insurance.
Tokyo police have created a database of electric scooters so investigators can quickly identify models at the scene of a traffic violation, the sources said.
“Issuing tickets to e-scooter users for (minor) offenses in the populated Tokyo area will have some effect in reducing the number of accidents, and possibly prompting police in other areas to follow suit. not, âsaid Yuichi Nagase, a senior executive. researcher at the Institute of Transport Economics.
âBut the traffic rules for electric scooters are not yet widely recognized. The government needs to inform not only scooter users but also cyclists and pedestrians, âhe added.
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