Road Rage and Japan’s New Law against ‘Obstructive Driving’


Road Rage and Japan’s New Law against ‘Obstructive Driving’ 

‘Road rage’ is aggressive or angry behaviour by drivers of a moving car, motorcycle, or bicycle, which may cause danger to the surrounding traffic. Recently, belligerent driving has become such a big issue in Japan that national law has begun to impose stricter penalties for those who engage in it. As of 30th June, 2020, a new law against ‘obstructive driving’ will impose a maximum penalty of five years in prison or a fine of one million yen, in addition to the revocation of the driver’s license. The definition of ‘obstructive driving’ includes aggressive tailgating, excessive honking, braking too fast, and stopping a car in front of other vehicles in order to hinder their movement.
 While ‘obstructive driving’ itself has been around for a long time, the reason why it has been making headlines in recent years is because of more driving recorders being installed in cars. Video footage can now be presented as evidence by victims of road rage, who can also post the tapes on social media platforms like Youtube. This means that the public has become increasingly aware of the problem.
It is likely that more severe penalties will be introduced in the future if the number of accidents caused by road rage and ‘obstructive driving’ continues to increase.


・road rage・・あおり運転
・obstructive driving・・妨害運転
・moving car・・移動車両
・engage in・・従事する
・excessive honking・・過度にクラクションを鳴らす
・braking too fast・・いきなりブレーキをかける事
・video footage・・ビデオ映像
・more severe penalties・・より厳しいペナルティ




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