Topic: Japanese life
デコトラ Decotora = decorated truck
Windshield decor on trucks to be banned
Asahi / May 14 ....Citing safety concerns, the transport ministry will from this fall ban the decorative plates that many truck drivers attach to the lower part of their windshield....The Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport has been asking truck associations to have the plates removed after a 10-month-old boy was killed and his mother seriously injured in an accident... a 30-centimeter-wide silver metal plate on the lower interior of the truck's windshield blinded the driver from seeing the mother and child.
The ministry aims to revise safety rules with an outright ban because a survey shows that roughly 10 percent of truck drivers still use the decorative plates as shields from unwanted glare and prying eyes.