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Great Britain: Technology Bill Introduced to Regulate Driverless Cars, Increase Penalties for Misuse of Lasers

(Mar. 21, 2017) The Vehicle Technology and Aviation Bill 2017 was recently introduced in the British Parliament. The aim of the bill is to modernize transportation policies and laws in the United Kingdom.  The bill addresses the misuse of lasers, the liability of insurers of automated vehicles, the infrastructure to support electric vehicles, and air […]

Japan: Act on Promotion of Use of Bicycles

(Feb. 16, 2017) The Act on Promotion of the Use of Bicycles was promulgated on December 16, 2016.  (Act No. 113 of 2016, KANPO, Extra Ed. No. 278 (Dec. 16, 2016) at 38 (in Japanese).)  The Act will be effective within six months of the promulgation date.  (Id. Supp. Provisions, art. 1.)  This is the […]

Italy: Civil Liability of Port Pilots

(Dec. 30, 2016) On January 3, 2017, new legislation on the civil liability of port pilots will enter into effect in Italy.  (Law No. 230 of December 1, 2016, Amendments to the Navigation Code Concerning the Civil Liability of Port Pilots and Technical-Nautical Services (Law No. 230), NORMATTIVA (in Italian).)  Port pilots are responsible for […]

Germany: Road Regulations Amended to Allow Autonomous Vehicles

(Dec. 15, 2016) On December 13, 2016, an act implementing an amendment to the Vienna Convention on Road Traffic entered into force in Germany. The amendment allows the transfer of driving tasks to the vehicle itself, provided that the technologies used are in conformity with the United Nations vehicle regulations or can be overridden or switched […]

Sweden: Supreme Administrative Court Defines Prohibited Camera Surveillance

(Nov. 23, 2016) In two decisions issued on October 21, 2016, the Swedish Supreme Administrative Court defined the boundaries of prohibited camera surveillance. The Court found that mounting a  camera for use on a drone requires prior permission from the Länsstyrelsen (County Administrative Board) in accordance with the Camera Surveillance Act, whereas mounting a camera […]

China/Slovak Republic: Memorandum on Customs Duties Signed

(Nov. 10, 2016) On November 5, 2016, China and the Slovak Republic concluded a memorandum to strengthen their relationship in the area of customs duties, with the goal of boosting bilateral trade. (Slovakia, China Sign Memorandum on Customs Duties Aimed to Accelerate Bilateral Trade, NEWS NOW (Nov. 6, 2016).) According to the State Secretary of […]

Brazil: Municipal Law Prohibiting Uber Ruled Unconstitutional

(Oct. 11, 2016) The Justice Tribunal of the State of São Paulo, Brazil, ruled unconstitutional municipal Law No. 16,279 of October 8, 2016, which prohibits the paid transportation of people to pre-established destinations in private vehicles that are registered with apps. (Lei No. 16.279 de 8 de Outubro de 2015, art. 1,  Municipal Assembly of […]

Vietnam: Document on Taxation of Uber Services Issued

(Sept. 19, 2016) Vietnam’s Ministry of Finance recently issued a document detailing the tax rules applicable to the car hailing services of Netherlands-based Uber International Holdings B.V. in Vietnam. According to the Ministry, as a foreign establishment without residence offices in the country, Uber is subject to the direct method of tax payment, whereby the […]

Israel: Supreme Court Orders Release of Ship Captured Attempting to Break Gaza Blockade

(Aug. 10, 2016) On August 8, 2016, the Supreme Court of Israel rejected an appeal by the state against the Haifa District Court’s decision not to allow confiscation of the ship Estelle. Instead, the Court ordered the release of the ship to its owners.  (CA7307/14 State of Israel v. the Ship Estelle (Aug. 8, 2016), […]

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 […]