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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 […]

Vietnam: Stiffer Penalties for Drunk Driving and Other Offenses

(June 20, 2016) On May 26, 2016, the Vietnamese government issued Decree No. 46/2016/ND-CP, on administrative sanctions for road traffic and rail transport violations. Most of the provisions enter into force on August 1, 2016.  The new Decree replaces Decree 171 of 2013 and Decree 107 of 2014.  (Stiffer Fines Await Drunk Drivers, VIETNAM LAW […]

Netherlands: New Rules Pending for E-Bikers

(Apr. 12, 2016) It was reported on March 25, 2016, that fast electric bikes, that is, ones capable of going up to 45 kph, (about 28 mph) will be treated as mopeds in the Netherlands as of 2017, to conform to European Union regulations on the devices. (E-Bike Users May Have to Wear Helmets, Cabinet […]

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 […]