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Types of Used Vehicles Subject to the Subsidies for Safety Support Cars Determined

March 6, 2020

The Government of Japan included the Subsidies for Safety Support Cars in the FY2019 Supplementary Budget, which was established on January 30, 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”) and an acceleration control system that responds to drivers’ mis-operation of the acceleration pedal (hereinafter referred to as “acceleration control system”) is installed.

In response, on March 6, 2020, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) compiled the types of used vehicles subject to the Subsidies for Safety Support Cars based on the results of examination of such types by the Examination Committee on the Subsidies for Safety Support Cars, and it hereby releases them.

1. Types of used vehicles subject to the subsidies

On March 6, 2020, METI compiled the types of used vehicles etc. subject to the Subsidies for Safety Support Cars based on the results of examination of such types by the Examination Committee on the Subsidies for Safety Support Cars, and it hereby releases them (see the Appendices shown in Item 3 below). It should be noted that if a used vehicle falls under the target types of vehicles but it has no function working as a target braking system or a target acceleration control system or it does not appropriately operate even having such functions, the used vehicle is not subject to the subsidies. Please confirm this point with retailers and other stores before buying a used vehicle.

*Note: The term “disposal of vehicles” refers to the transfer of an end-of-life vehicle from the owner to a specific business under the Act on Recycling, etc. of End-of-Life Vehicles. It should be noted that if an owner of a used vehicle who has received subsidies for his/her used vehicle causes a vehicle accident resulting in the total loss of the vehicle and if his/her insurance company is subrogated to ownership of the vehicle and the target vehicle is resold to a third party as a used vehicle, the owner must refund the amount of subsidies that the owner has received.

2. Points to be noted

3. Appendices

Note: The details of the functions shown by Items i and ii in each of the Appendices are those as below.
i. Function working as the braking system and ii. function working as the acceleration control system

Appendices: Types of used vehicles, etc. subject to the subsidies

4. Other information

As for details of the Businesses Trading the Acceleration Control Systems for Aftermarket Installation under the Subsidy Program for Supporting Drivers in Introducing Acceleration Control Systems that Respond to Drivers’ Mis-operation of the Acceleration Pedal into Their Vehicles, visit the website of the Next Generation Vehicle Promotion Center, an operator of the program.

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