Electric stand-up scooter rules compiled for businesses in Japan

Guidelines stipulating traffic rules for electric stand-up scooters have been compiled for relevant businesses in Japan.

The National Police Agency and industry groups made the move because from July people aged 16 and over will be able to ride the vehicles that meet certain standards without a license.

Shops that sell or rent the scooters will be asked to verify the age of users and have them take tests and watch videos about traffic rules.

Online retailers will be asked to regularly check vehicles sold by manufacturers. They will be expected to require companies selling substandard products to make improvements or halt sales.

Last year saw Japan's first fatal accident involving such a vehicle. Police hope that raising awareness of the rules among businesses will help people use the vehicles more safely and appropriately.