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Car loan to unlicensed drivers can be costly

Date Posted: 2008-08-30

Okinawa police are cracking down on individuals who loan their vehicles or motorcycles to unlicensed drivers.

It’s an illegal practice, but police say many drivers aren’t aware of it. Simply stated, loaning your car or motorcycle to a person without an appropriate driver’s license will result in forfeiture of the vehicle owner’s driver license. Okinawa Prefectural Police say it’s against rules that “entice a person into driving without a license.

The number of offenders who’s licenses have been confiscated nearly doubled during the first half of this year. Police say they’ve already logged 25 convictions, compared with only 14 during the first six months of 2007. A police spokesman says the problem is “young people who lend cars or motorcycles easily to people who don’t have licenses.” He says vehicle owners must strongly refuse to loan their cars or cycles to individuals who don’t have a license.

The penalty for loaning a vehicle to someone without a license is a one-year driver license suspension. Police say most offenders are high school students who loan their motorcycles or motorbikes to friends who don’t have licenses. “I didn’t think it is important” is what police say they hear most as an excuse, followed by “it was for them to practice driving,” or “I couldn’t say no.”

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