Japan to allow private car transport service for foreigners

posted on March 3, 2016

The Japanese government will allow drivers to use their private cars to provide fee-based transportation services for foreign visitors in special zones in underpopulated areas, informed sources said Wednesday.

Such services would start in areas without bus or taxi operators, if approved as projects to be tested in national strategic special zones. In Japan, demand for transportation from foreign tourists is growing.

The country's current road transportation law prohibits drivers from using their private cars for profit, describing such vehicles as unlicensed taxies.

But the law exceptionally permits drivers to provide transportation services in areas without public transport and give local residents lifts for welfare reasons, in order to receive money.

source by jiji
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