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Go-kart drivers must wear seat belts under new rules

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Not sure a seatbelt is going to make any difference in an accident - but I suspect that's not the reason behind this move.

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Good news

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So it will be ATV's and not gocarts... seat belts wont work, you need to enforce helmets first.

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I can just imagine one of these pulls up next to my front left tire, and, not being able to see them as I change lanes, I run right over them.

Stupidity

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seat belts wont work,

Yeah I also think helmets have more use than seatbelts. Are helmets not mandatory like on scooters? Other than that perhaps a small flag at the end of a antenna on the back so that they are more visible? I mean is it that hard to come up with good ideas to make this safer?

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Helmets are not required for anything with more than 2 wheels. Have you seen those crazy motorcycle-tricycles around? No helmets required. No seat belts either.

But a flag on an antenna would make a big difference in visibility!

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Helmets are only required for powered two-wheelers.

You can drive a Trike without Helmet on a car drivers licence.

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I can just imagine one of these pulls up next to my front left tire, and, not being able to see them as I change lanes, I run right over them.

You should be able to hear that 4-stroke engine pretty easily unless your jammin your One Direction to loud.

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The ministry is looking to implement the regulations in a few years.

If it takes a "few years" to address a simple issue like this....

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I thought the there was already a law that required them to have tall flags so cars could see them? (I guess not though, according to that photo)

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The already have antenna with flags. The antenna light up at night. Surprisingly, they aren't much lower than a Mini Cooper. (Driving one, your eye level is very close to that of the driver of a mini.

What I find most surprising in this article is that there were only three accidents in the past year. I would have expected a higher number.

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I remember reading that there were way more accidents than "three". Didn't a Korean girl crash one into a police box!?

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The authorities in Japan are always slow to regulate safety issues at first, but the minute someone dies you can be sure that everything will be shut down and banned completely.

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I see an investment opportunity for "Super Mario" themed coffins.

Only an matter of time before any one of these grinning 'certifiables' is scraped off the front a vehicle driven by one the 1.2 million elderly drivers, a proportion of which are as deaf as a post, have difficulty reading road signs from a meter away and 30,170 aged 75 or older showing signs of dementia mingling with buses, coaches, trams, and HGV.

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Japan has no ban on people driving go-karts on public highways.

Absolutely incorrect. These mario-karts are classified as Mini-cars here, and they have specific rules: 50cc or less, max speed of 60km/h. They are not allowed on public highways, just like 50cc scooters are not allowed on highways. They are treated with the same rules as a motorized pushbike, hence the lack of seatbelt/helmet requirements.

As for the new laws, i guess it is inevitable, but will suck for those who actually use one of these mini-cars as they were intended - as a personal communting vehicle. It means they would have to have their cars modified.

I am sure i will get downvoted a bunch for this, but yet another cool japan-only thing ruined by the hoards of tourists and the people who choose to exploit these thigns

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They should all be fitted with speakers blaring out the Mario tune on constant loop. If you can't make it safe, make it silly. And if the bosozoku can get away with causing a racket, surely Yoshi and Luigi can too.

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They are not allowed on public highways, just like 50cc scooters are not allowed on highways.

I think they were talking about regular national roads, not expressways

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If you don't notice a large group of people in fancy dress and take note then the onus is on you. I'm sorry officer I failed to see 10+ people in fancy dress with flags and lights. Is that a truck? Or a bird? Maybe my sight is degraded, you're a Police officer? Why do you have wings?

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Only a matter of time until someone is killed or a major accident occurs, to be honest I'm amazed it hasn't happened yet!

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Dear Tourists, I have lived in Japan a long time. Even if it is permitted, I strongly suggest for your own safety that you do not rent such go-karts to drive in regular traffic. There are many errant taxi and truck drivers, and unfortunately you could be severely injured or killed in a foreign country. There are so many other activities to do here that are fun and safe such as hiking Mt. Fuji, hiking, white water rafting, Onsen, fishing, helicopter rides, etc. I personally would not ever drive such a go-kart in traffic here or anywhere else.

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How are those guys even in business after Nintendo sued them?

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People dressed as "Super Mario" characters tearing round the streets of Tokyo in go-karts will have to buckle up, Japanese authorities said Thursday, following a series of accidents.

Guess what, it isn't just Tokyo! (again!)

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How are those guys even in business after Nintendo sued them?

Crazy, know. Nintendo lost the lawsuit.

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If you don't notice a large group of people in fancy dress and take note then the onus is on you. I'm sorry officer I failed to see 10+ people in fancy dress with flags and lights. Is that a truck? Or a bird? Maybe my sight is degraded, you're a Police officer? Why do you have wings?

The problem isn't the 10 people in costumes, its the 11th one, that snuck in and stopped right in front of your wheel below your sightline that you can't see.

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