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Subsidies for Safety Support Cars Included inFY2019 Supplementary Budget Draft

METI to support elderly drivers purchasing safety support cars

December 13, 2019

The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) hereby announces that the government of Japan decided to include Subsidies for Safety Support Cars in FY2019 Supplementary Budget Draft, which was approved by the Cabinet on December 13, 2019. These subsidies aim to support elderly drivers aged 65 or older in purchasing safety support cars in which a collision damage mitigation braking system or an acceleration control system that responds to drivers’ mis-operation of the acceleration pedal is installed to prevent accidents amongst elderly drivers.

1. Outline of the subsidies for safety support cars

The government of Japan decided to include the Subsidies for Safety Support Cars in FY2019 Supplementary Budget Draft. These subsidies aim to support elderly drivers aged 65 or older in purchasing safety support cars in which a collision damage mitigation braking system or an acceleration control system that responds to drivers’ mis-operation of the acceleration pedal is installed to prevent accidents amongst elderly drivers.

These subsidies will be granted to the following projects to be conducted by private associations and other organizations (hereinafter referred to as “operators of the projects”). The aim is to promote the introduction of vehicles with built-in safety functions that can allow for safer driving amongst the elderly.

2. Targets to be subsidized

(1) Projects for supporting target drivers in introducing safety support cars

(2) Projects for supporting target drivers in introducing a safety support device for aftermarket installation

*Note: These subsidies also cover businesses that have been employing elderly drivers who are or will be aged 65 or older by the end of FY2019.

3. Points of attention for the subsidies

Division in Charge

Automobile Division, Manufacturing Industries Bureau

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