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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 […]

Netherlands: Rotterdam District Court Poised to Handle All Dutch Shipping Disputes

(Mar. 18, 2016) The Ministry of Security and Justice of the Netherlands has drafted legislation, which has been approved by the Dutch Cabinet, to give the Rotterdam District Court exclusive jurisdiction in maritime cases. (Maritime Cases to Be Brought Before the Rotterdam District Court, GOVERNMENT.NL (Mar. 4, 2014); Concentration of Shipping Disputes at the Court of […]

Egypt: Uber Drivers to Be Arrested for Violating the Traffic Law

(Mar. 17, 2016) On March 8, 2016, the head of the Cairo traffic police, Major General Alaa el-Degwy, announced that traffic police will begin a campaign to arrest and detain all Uber drivers. The announcement came after taxi drivers blocked major Cairo streets to protest the presence of Uber in the city. This was not […]

Indonesia: Procedural Simplification as Development Incentive

(Feb. 29, 2016) Indonesia’s President Joko Widodo, speaking on February 22, 2016, advocated building the country’s infrastructure and decreasing regulatory obstacles as vital to Indonesia’s economic competitiveness. The issue of competitiveness in the region is especially important, he said, now that Indonesia is part of the ASEAN Economic Community. “This is the era of competition […]

Finland: Administrative Opinion on Tax Treatment of Uber Drivers

(Oct. 23, 2015) The Finnish Tax Administration (Verohallinto) issued an opinion on October 15, 2015, on the provision by individual drivers of personal transportation services to customers by means of a mobile phone application, such as the services offered by Uber. The Tax Administration stressed that it is not authorized to determine whether such services […]

Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, and Nepal: Motor Vehicles Agreement

(Sept. 21, 2015) Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, and Nepal (BBIN) signed a Motor Vehicles Agreement for the Regulation of Passenger, Personal and Cargo Vehicular Traffic on June 15, 2015 in Thimpu, Bhutan.  Aside from facilitating the cross-border movement of passengers and goods, the agreement is expected to “promote safe, economical [,] efficient and environmentally sound road […]

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 […]

Indonesia: Jakarta to Impose Partial Ban on Motorcycles

(Nov. 26, 2014) Indonesia’s capital city, Jakarta, is planning to ban motorcycles from some of the main thoroughfares beginning in February 2015, following a trial of the ban from December 17 of this year. The policy, designed to improve safety by reducing accidents, was announced by Benjamin Bukit, the Deputy Chief of the Jakarta Transportation […]

Italy: Measures to Reactivate the Economy, Promote Development, and Reduce Bureaucracy

(Nov. 19, 2014) The Italian legislature recently passed legislation to strengthen the national economy and to reduce bureaucracy. (Decree-Law No. 133, of September 12, 2014 (D.L. 133), Urgent Measures for the Opening of Construction Sites, the Construction of Public Works, Digitization of the Country, Reduction of Bureaucracy, the Mitigation of Hydrogeological Instability, and for the […]

Norway: Segway Ban Lifted

(Sept. 30, 2014) On July 1, 2014, the unlicensed use of the self-balancing personal transport device (selvbalanserende kjøretøy), commonly known as the Segway, became legal on the streets of Norway. The device has been prohibited in the country for years because of its ability to reach relatively high speeds (20km/h, about 12.4 mph) and therefore […]