Police in Central Japan are offering elderly people discounts on meals if they agree to surrender their driving licenses.
The deal has been arranged for senior citizens in the Aichi prefecture in a bid to reduce the number of traffic accidents in the area.
It has been agreed that elderly drivers who hand over their drivers licenses will receive a 15% discount on ramen noodle meals at the Sugakiya restaurant chain.
The savings will be available at over 170 eateries across the prefecture, after police agreed a partnership with the chain’s owners.
Elderly people who relinquish their driving rights will be given a certificate by police, which will give them access to a reduced-price set menu including ramen, ice and salad.
It’s the latest in a string of discounts that police have arranged to try to persuade people to give up driving, including savings on taxis and at public baths, the website notes. A similar scheme now running in Tokyo gives elderly people a “driving graduation certificate” in recognition of their many years on the road, Rocket News 24 reports.
Japan has seen a rise in the number of accidents involving elderly drivers in recent years, some of which have proved fatal, prompting a nationwide debate.
Last week, a 97-year-old Buddhist priest publicly handed over his licence in an attempt to encourage his peers to do the same. Taa Shinen said he recognised that even if he drives carefully he could cause a collision, adding: “It’s stupid to try to maintain your licences just out of pride.”
Source: [Jiji Press.]