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Japanese “light trucks” banned from highway for being too bright

Eric Pfeiffer
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These powerfully lit trucks have been banned from Japanese highways

These popular vehicles in Japan have given new meaning to the term, "blinded by the light." But Japanese authorities are putting the brakes on so-called "light trucks," citing the danger posed to other drivers.

There's huge competition amongst the "light truck" community in Japan's car culture. And if you've never heard of light trucks before, they're basically what they sound like: trucks decked out in intricate designs of brightly colored lights.

Some light-truck enthusiasts spend hundreds of thousands of dollars decking out their vehicles. According to the Daily Mail, the trucks use up so much electricity that some are fitted with extra generators under the chassis and can only be powered up for about 20 minutes before overheating.

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The lights use some much power they can only be run for 20 minutes

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And while they are not technically street legal, fans of the automotive art gather at "massive" truck meets to show off their rides. And the decorative modifications aren't just limited to the outside of the vehicles, with many of the interiors filled with blinding light decorations.

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