To prevent driving accidents involving senior drivers, Japan encourages the voluntary return of drivers' licenses. In 1998, the government introduced a system to return licenses. Last year, 601,022 people in Japan returned their licenses, which was the highest number in any year. Of those, 350,428 or 58% were people 75 or older. Currently about 30% of all license holders are 65 years or older.
In April 2019, an 87 year old retired high-ranking government official killed a mother and her three year old child when he suddenly accelerated while driving near Ikebukuro Station in Tokyo. This brought a lot of media attention to the issues involving elderly drivers, which may have been the reason behind so many people returning their licenses last year.
Since 1997, Japan has had a law requiring drivers age 75 and older to display the Koreisha mark 高齢者マーク (elderly car mark) to indicate aged person at the wheel. A person age 70 and over should display the symbol if their age could affect their driving. This is the current required mark:
Are accidents involving elderly drivers a problem where you live? Is there an age limit for driving in your country? Do you think there should be?