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Over 5,000 get new driver's license for no-gear motorcycles.

TOKYO, Oct. 6 Kyodo

A total of 5,759 people have obtained a new automatic-only category of motorcycle driving license three months after the new license was introduced in June, the National Police Agency said Thursday.

The figure accounted for about 5.6 percent of all motorcycle driver's license issued from June to September, the agency said.

At designated driving schools across Japan, 9.7 percent of all motorcycle students were enrolled in automatic-only courses with shorter times for mandatory driving lessons, it said.

''Perhaps one in 10 driver's license holders will be automatic-only in the future,'' an NPA official said.

The number of automatic-only driver's license holders totaled 1,415 for small motorcycles of up to 125 cc, 4,258 for machines of up to 400 cc and 86 for machines of up to 650 cc.

They accounted for 38.9 percent, 5.9 percent and 0.3 percent, respectively, of all motorcycle driver's licenses issued.

In the four-wheel vehicle category, which introduced automatic-only driver's licenses in 1991, those who obtained automatic-only driver's licenses accounted for 38.8 percent of the total last year, the agency said.
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Date:Oct 11, 2005
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