Japan enforces new highway manners for ‘Mario Kart’ drivers

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The Japanese authorities wish to strengthen tourists as they take to Tokyo’s streets

Japan is to deliver new traffic laws to understanding with the breakthrough for imagination dress go-kart tours on the streets of Tokyo, it’s reported.

Tourists who go on the tours dressed as characters from the Mario Kart video games will have to wear seatbelts, while operators will have to refurbish their motorised carts to urge reserve standards, the Japan Times reports.

A authorised loophole in the Road Transport Vehicle Act means that go-carts are now personal as both scooters and four-wheel cars. Scooter drivers in the country are not compulsory to wear seatbelts, and drivers of cars don’t need a helmet, the Nikkei news website notes.

Earlier this year, it was reported that debate operators were being urged to urge reserve standards following a spate of accidents, but now the authorities feel that only new regulations will suffice.

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Fancy dress is encouraged, as prolonged as it’s safe

Mind your costume

The ride method says that operators should guarantee go-karts by adding headrests, instruction indicators, rear-view mirrors, and a red light at slightest one metre from the ground, in sequence to make karts some-more manifest to other highway users.

Go-karts should also be propitious with mudguards to forestall costumes from getting held in the wheels, Asahi TV adds.

According to Sankei Shimbun, the street-legal carts have 50cc engines and are able of reaching speeds of up to 60 kmh (37 mph).

Although there are reduction than 1,000 go-karts on the roads in Tokyo, they are mostly owned by sinecure companies who lease them to unfamiliar tourists.

Drivers compensate up to 8,000 yen ($71; £53) for a two-hour debate on Tokyo’s streets, and need a current driver’s looseness to get behind the wheel.

However, internal media prominence that many tourists may not be up to speed on Japanese pushing rules, and for some, it’s their first knowledge of pushing on the left side of the road.

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Reporting by Alistair Coleman

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