Dangerous cycling in Tokyo set to incur fines
The Tokyo District Public Prosecutor’s Office announced Tuesday that cyclists who continually run red lights and commit other dangerous traffic offenses will be fined.
According to a Sankei Shimbun report, the Prosecutor’s Office said that although the law allowed for on-the-spot fines to be imposed for dangerous cycling, Tokyo residents had until now largely escaped punishment. However, a spokesperson said that system is set to change, due to an increase in reports of dangerous riding on the capital’s streets.
Riders who are caught riding dangerously or running red lights more than twice run the risk of a fine of up to 50,000 yen. Tokyo will be the first city in Japan to introduce fines for dangerous cycling.