Stipulations of the motorcycle licensing law in Japan are outlined: general requirements, motorcycle training and physical condition of applicants, rules of the road test, driving skill test, retraining of license renewal applicants, and rehabilitative education for violators. The driving skill test is outlined in terms of examinee and examiner requirements, test vehicles, preparatory check prior to skill test, test course and components, criteria for passing, and rating method. Improvements in the skill test in 1972 and 1975 are discussed; these have contributed significantly to a reduction in motorcycle accidents. Until 1972, the test components were nearly the same as those for the automobile driver's license test and test motorcycles were limited to the 100 to 125 cc. class. In 1972, medium-sized motorcycles (between 300 and 400 cc.) were added as test vehicles; included in the skill test for these cycles were running on a straight and narrow track, continuous changes in direction, and stopping from specified speeds. The law was changed so that drivers who passed the skill test for small-sized motorcycles were allowed to drive only those cycles. In 1975, large-sized motorcycles (700 cc. and over) were added as test vehicles; test components added for these cycles were a temporary stop and start on a slope and a serpentine course, and the running distance was extended from 1200 m. to 2000 m. The law further stipulated that motorcyclists could only operate the size machine corresponding to the skill test they had taken.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Conference held in Washington, D.C., 18-23 May 1980. Also published in HS-029 660, International Motorcycle Safety Conference Proceedings. Volume 1, p 403-31.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Motorcycle Safety Foundation

    780 Elkridge Landing Road
    Linthicum, MD  United States  21090
  • Authors:
    • Sada, Y
  • Publication Date: 1980

Media Info

  • Pagination: 29 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00389645
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
  • Report/Paper Numbers: HS-029 679
  • Files: HSL, USDOT
  • Created Date: Oct 30 1984 12:00AM