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Singapore: Cross-Border Car Sharing Restricted

(June 22, 2016) On June 20, 2016, Singapore’s Land Transport Authority (LTA) announced that paid car-sharing services are not permitted to take fares across the border into neighboring Malaysia. That border crossing is considered the busiest in the world, with up to 400,000 people using it each day. (Linette Lim, Paid Cross-Border Car-Pooling Services Are […]

Germany: Law Restricting Airbnb and Other Vacation Rentals Takes Effect in Berlin

(May 24, 2016) On May 1, 2016, a law prohibiting the illegal repurposing of residential housing without a permit took effect in Berlin, following the end of a two-year transitional period. The law aims to combat the growing housing shortage in Berlin.  “Illegal repurposing of residential housing” is defined as use of the entire home […]

Indonesia: Dispute Over Ride Share Companies to Be Resolved

(Mar. 22, 2016) Companies that provide online ride-sharing applications for public transportation have grown in market share in Indonesia in recent years, and government officials have varied in their responses to the phenomenon. In November 2015, the Transportation Minister, Ignasius Jonan, sent a letter to law enforcement agencies indicating that app-based car and motorcycle services […]

Israel: Foreign-Trained Dentists Immigrating to Israel May Be Exempt from Licensing Exams

(Feb. 8, 2016) On January 25, 2016, the Knesset (Israel’s parliament) passed legislation authorizing the Minister of Health to determine conditions for either fully or partially exempting new immigrants from testing requirements otherwise applicable to persons seeking a license to practice dentistry in Israel. (Dentists Ordinance Amendment (No. 6) Law, 5776-2016 (Amendment Law), Knesset website (in Hebrew) […]

Estonia: Government Withdraws Insistence on Proposed Gun Ownership Restrictions

(Jan. 28, 2016) On January 8, 2016, the Deputy Chancellor of the Estonian Interior Ministry announced that the government will not insist on keeping restrictions on private gun ownership, introduced in legislation proposed by the Interior Ministry in 2015, if these restrictions are removed from the text by legislators. (Official Says Number of Guns for […]

Belarus; Russia: Additional Measures to Improve Debt Collection

(Dec. 2, 2015) On November 28, 2015, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed into law amendments to varied legal acts addressing procedures for collecting debts owed by non-bona-fide debtors. (Federal Law No. 340-FZ on Amending the Federal Law on Enforcement Proceedings and Select Legislative Acts of the Russian Federation (Nov. 28, 2015), PRAVO.GOV.RU (official publication) (in Russian).) […]

Indonesia: Economic Deregulation Planned

(Sept. 14, 2015) On September 9, 2015, Indonesia’s President Joko Widodo announced a major economic deregulation policy. According to the President, there are three areas that will be the focus of this policy: increasing the competitiveness of industry, speeding up infrastructure projects, and raising the amount invested in the property sector of the economy. Widodo […]

France: Constitutional Court Rules on Car-Hiring Services Legislation

(June 30, 2015) There have been some important recent developments on the legal status of chauffeured vehicles for hire in France. Probably the most significant came in the form of a constitutional challenge to Law No. 2014-1104 of October 1, 2014, on Taxis and Chauffeured Transport Vehicles, commonly called the Loi Thévenoud (Thévenoud Law), the […]