A motorised go-kart tour in Tokyo

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The Japanese authorities need to defend vacationers as they take to Tokyo’s streets

Japan is to introduce new site visitors legal guidelines to cope with the fad for fancy costume go-kart excursions on the streets of Tokyo, it is reported.

Vacationers who go on the excursions dressed as characters from the Mario Kart video video games must put on seatbelts, whereas operators must replace their motorised carts to enhance security requirements, the Japan Times reports.

A authorized loophole within the Highway Transport Automobile Act implies that go-carts are at the moment labeled as each scooters and four-wheel automobiles. Scooter drivers within the nation are usually not required to put on seatbelts, and drivers of automobiles do not want a helmet, the Nikkei news website notes.

Earlier this yr, it was reported that tour operators had been being urged to enhance security requirements following a spate of accidents, however now the authorities really feel that solely new rules will suffice.

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Fancy costume is inspired, so long as it is protected

The transport ministry says that operators ought to safeguard go-karts by including headrests, route indicators, rear-view mirrors, and a pink gentle no less than one metre from the bottom, so as to make karts extra seen to different highway customers.

Go-karts also needs to be fitted with mudguards to stop costumes from getting caught within the wheels, Asahi TV adds.

In accordance with Sankei Shimbun, the street-legal carts have 50cc engines and are able to reaching speeds of as much as 60 kmh (37 mph).

Though there are lower than 1,000 go-karts on the roads in Tokyo, they’re largely owned by rent firms who lease them to overseas vacationers.

Drivers pay as much as eight,000 yen ($71; £53) for a two-hour tour on Tokyo’s streets, and want a sound driver’s licence to get behind the wheel.

Nonetheless, native media spotlight that many vacationers is probably not on top of things on Japanese driving guidelines, and for some, it is their first expertise of driving on the left facet of the highway.

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Reporting by Alistair Coleman

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