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Acceptance of Requests for Subsidies for Safety Support Cars Starts on March 9, 2020

- METI to support elderly drivers in purchasing safety support cars -

March 3, 2020

The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) will begin accepting requests for the Subsidies for Safety Support Cars on March 9, 2020. These subsidies aim to support elderly drivers aged 65 or older in purchasing safety support cars in which a collision damage mitigation braking system (hereinafter referred to as “braking system”) or an acceleration control system which responds to a driver’s mis-operation of the acceleration pedal (hereinafter referred to as “acceleration control system”) is installed.

Prior to opening the subsidy request process, METI hereby releases the compiled overview of the types of vehicles and devices subject to the subsidies, written documents necessary for filing a request for the subsidies and other information.

1. Outline of the start of accepting requests for the subsidies

Start date for accepting subsidy requests: March 9 (Mon.), 2020

2. Types of vehicles and devices subject to the subsidies, necessary written documents for applications and other information

(1) Projects supporting candidate drivers in purchasing safety support cars

[i] Types of vehicles to be subsidized and period of availability of the subsidies

A. Newly registered vehicles

B. Used vehicles

[2] Candidate drivers to be subsidized

The subsidies are available for elderly drivers who are or will be aged 65 or older by the end of FY2019.**

[iii] Written documents and other information necessary for filing a request

The following written documents are necessary for filing a request.

(2) Projects for supporting candidate vehicle owners in introducing safety support devices for aftermarket installation***

***Note: The term “safety support device for aftermarket installation” refers to acceleration control systems additionally installed in the vehicles after the purchase of the vehicles.

[i] Acceleration control systems to be subsidized

[ii] Businesses to be subsidized

[iii] Written documents and other information necessary for filing a request

The following written documents are necessary for filing a request.

**Note: Regarding service vehicles, these subsidies are available to businesses that have been employing elderly drivers who are or will be aged 65 or older by the end of FY2019.

3. Points to be noted

4. References

Division in Charge

Automobile Division, Manufacturing Industries Bureau

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