The "Law for Partial Revision of the Road Traffic Law" promulgated on June 17, 2015 has resulted in the establishment of a new "semi-medium-sized driver's license.
The new "semi-medium-sized driver's license" was newly established to make it easier for young people to work as truck drivers, and can be obtained at the age of 18 without the prerequisite of holding a regular license.
The new semi-medium-sized driver's license will greatly expand the opportunities for young people to work in the trucking industry, and there are high expectations for the active hiring of young drivers, including new high school graduates.
With the new lifestyle, there is a shortage of drivers in the major e-commerce sites and convenience store industry. It can be said that the logistics industry is truly an industry with a lot to offer.
Japanese and English are OK! With the license, it is possible to find a job in the logistics industry, and foreign nationals can obtain a work visa. We recommend obtaining a semi-medium-sized license to improve your skills.
Key Points of Semi-Medium Driver's License
After passing the 50-question test, you can make an appointment for the provisional license skills test.
If you already have a standard AT license, you do not need to pass the standard AT license removal test to take the test.
Trucks with a gross vehicle weight of less than 7.5 tons and a maximum payload of less than 4.5 tons can be operated.
First-time licensees who are at least 18 years old can take the semi-medium-sized license test.
If you have a standard driver's license, you will be required to take a 4-hour training course after passing the test. If you have a medium-sized 5 ton limit license, you will not be required to take an acquisition course after passing the semi-medium size limit removal test.
If you have a regular driver's license, you will need to start with a provisional semi-medium-sized license and take the full license road test.
For those who have a medium-sized license with a 5-ton limit, the test for lifting the limit is an on-the-spot test. There is no on-the-road test.
Main overview of the semi-medium driver's license
Types of trucks that can be driven under the new licensing system
REGULAR MOTOR VEHICLE (Over 18 years old)
The standard driver's license covers vehicles with a gross vehicle weight of less than 3.5 tons. They are mainly used for delivering small-lot goods, and most of them are private light vans and light trucks.
SEMI-MOTOR VEHICLE LICENSE (Over 18 years old)
The SEMI-MOTOR VEHICLE LICENSE is applicable to light-duty trucks with a gross vehicle weight of between 3.5 tons and 7.5 tons. They are mainly used for short-distance deliveries, and are often used as trucks for home delivery and convenience store deliveries.
MEDIUM-SIZED MOTOR VEHICLE LICENSE (Over 20 years old)*
Medium-sized trucks with a gross vehicle weight of 7.5 tons or more but less than ll tons are eligible for a medium-sized driver's license. They are used in a wide range of applications, mainly for medium and short distances. *Ordinary license-free and other retention passes count for more than 2 years
LARGE-SIZED MOTOR VEHICLE LICENSE (Over 21 years old)*
大A large truck with a gross vehicle weight of ll tons or more is eligible for a large truck license. Heavy-duty trucks are mainly used for transporting large quantities of goods over long distances, such as main line transport between cities, and also for transporting large construction materials and heavy items.br>
*Ordinary license-free and other retention passes count for more than 3 years
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