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Japan to allow electric scooter riding without driver's license

Starting July, new rules apply to models with maximum speed of 20 kph

The scooters have been attracting a growing number of users in Japan, especially in metropolitan areas.

TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Japan's electric scooter users will no longer need a driver's license from July, though minors under 16 will be banned from riding them, the National Police Agency said on Thursday.

The new rules apply to scooters with a maximum speed of 20 kilometers per hour, and riders must comply with the same traffic rules as bicycles, including not riding on sidewalks. Scooter riders are advised to wear helmets, though it is not compulsory.

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