As the number of users is expected to increase due to the fact that electric scooters that meet certain conditions can be used without a driver's license from this month, a crackdown was held in Tokyo on the 25th, and police officers called on users to obey traffic rules.
From this month, electric scooters that meet certain criteria such as maximum speed and vehicle size will be available to people over the age of 16 without a driver's license, and the number of users is expected to increase in the future.
On the 25th, a crackdown was held in Shibuya Ward, Tokyo, and about 40 people, including police officers from the Metropolitan Police Department, gathered.
Police officers handed out flyers with traffic rules to users urging them to drive safely, and warned users of electric scooters who did not meet the new standards by telling them that they needed a driver's license.
According to the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department, from the 1st to the 15th of this month, there were 147 cases of traffic violations such as ignoring traffic lights by users of electric scooters.
Koji Onari, a manager of the Traffic and General Affairs Division of the Metropolitan Police Department, said, "Reckless driving such as drinking alcohol is very dangerous, and we would like to thoroughly promote enforcement and enlightenment of rules in order to reduce accidents and violations."