Since 2008, Japanese law has required drivers over 70 to display a koreisha mark in the front and rear of their cars. The marks are meant to serve as a warning to other motorists of the driver’s inexperience or impaired skills.  A similar symbol, the shoshinsha mark, is also required to be displayed by drivers with less than a year of experience on the road. However, the contrast between both symbols soon made the koreisha mark controversial.   For many, the shoshinsha mark resembled a blossoming spring leaf, whereas the koresiha mark looked more like a dying autumn leaf.  As a result, many older drivers refused to use the koreisha mark, forcing the government to create a new design.

The new design was unveiled last summer and came into force yesterday.  It is now a more colorful cloverleaf-shaped sticker with segments in yellow-green, green, yellow and red-orange.  The new symbol also includes a stylized “S” for seniors.

Share your thoughts on the koreisha mark with IAHSA.  Does your country similarly identify seniors on the road?  Do you think this is a necessary measure or does it unfairly single out older drivers?

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For more information:

Japan Today

Japan Times

Japan Nostalgic Car

For a U.S. perspective on older drivers, visit ABC News.