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Senior drivers getting new car sticker

Date Posted: 2010-08-25

A newly designed four-leaf clover sticker is set to become the new symbol for identifying elderly drivers in Japan.

The National Police Agency is introducing the new emblem to replace the current autumn leave sticker, which many people have complained looked like dead leaves. The new cloverleaf sticker, which has four segments in yellow-green, green, yellow and red-orange with an S for senior embedded, will go into effect late this year, although officials say the current sticker will remain valid for a transition period. Drivers age 70 or older re required to display the special identification stickers on the front and rear of their cars, in cases where age affects driving.

The new sticker is shown right on top, while the current is below.

There were more than 6.26 million elderly drivers through the end of 2009. The National Policy Agency selected the new emblem, which says the yellow-green and green colors suggest youthfulness, and the yellow and red-orange imply rich knowledge of life, was chosen from 14,573 designs submitted. The winning design came from Mikio Matsuyama, a 31-year-old graphic designer in Osaka.

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