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Senior citizens get discounts for noodles in exchange for giving up their driver’s licenses

By Mason White 2:15 PM November 30, 2016
Noodles (illustration) 

By: Feng Qian
A city in Japan, has announced a new program to get senior citizens to give up their driver’s licenses.

Officials in Aichi, have teamed up with the restaurant chain Sugakiya, and are offering a 15 percent discount on noodles to those seniors who present graduation certificates, showing that they have surrendered their driver’s licenses.

Sugakiya has 176 restaurants in the city. Seniors will also be able to get discounts at public baths, barbers shops and taxis. So far, 12,000 senior citizens have taken advantage of the discounts.

In Tokyo, those seniors who surrendered their driver’s licenses, are entitled to get discounts on public transportation. Next year, drivers who are stopped for traffic violations and are over the age of 74, will be referred to doctors for evaluations.

Those drivers who are found to suffer from dementia, will have their licenses suspended or revoked.