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Estonia: Restrictions on Transit Fine Imposition

(June 2, 2008) On May 12, 2008, the Supreme Court of Estonia decided that the company that runs public transportation in the capital city of Tallinn and inspects whether passengers have paid for their rides has no right to impose fines on passengers for unpaid rides and other violations of the Public Transportation Act. The […]

Mexico: Supreme Court Upholds Gasoline and Diesel Tax

(June 2, 2008) Mexico's Supreme Court of Justice validated most of the fiscal reform package, known as the gasolinazo, “gasoline boom,” on May 12, 2008. The Court upheld the new federal tax that the public has had to pay since January 2008 when buying gasoline and diesel. The Court considered that the new federal tax […]

China: Aviation Security

(Apr. 2, 2008) On March 14, 2008, the General Administration of Civil Aviation of China (CAAC) issued an announcement on measures to tighten passenger airline security. Under the new measures, passengers may no longer carry liquid products on board domestic scheduled flights; the items may be shipped as long as they are packed in conformity […]

Taiwan: No Biking in Pedestrian Crossings

(Mar. 2, 2008) Taiwan's Ministry of Transportation and Communications (MOTC) stated on March 2, 2008, that as of April 2008 bicycle riders will be subject to fines of NT$300-800 (about US$9.80-26.00) if caught cycling in pedestrian crossings. The cyclists may only use the crossings if they dismount the bikes and push them across; they must […]

Brazil: Proposed Law Authorizes 16-Year Olds to Drive

(Feb. 2, 2008) The Brazilian Chamber of Deputies is currently examining a proposed law authorizing 16-year olds to drive motor vehicles. According to the author of the law, Deputy Sérgio Barradas, young people have been undertaking responsibility at a very early age, forcing them to mature very quickly. As examples of the societal recognition of […]

Brazil: Air Companies Charged for Flight Delays

(Jan. 2, 2008) On December 5, 2007, the Brazilian Minister of Defense, Nelson Jobim, announced that airline companies will have to indemnify passengers for flight delays. According to Jobim, the idea is to create a system that rewards the passenger and discourages flight delays. The penalty fee will only be applied when the delay is […]

Italy: Safety on Roads and Highways

(Nov. 2, 2007) On October 2, 2007 the Italian Parliament approved Law no. 160 raising to the category of Law, with amendments, Decree-Law no. 117 of August 3, 2007, which included urgent provisions amending the transit code to increase the levels of safety on roads and highways. This Law imposes fines of between 2,257 and […]