Library of Congress

Law Library of Congress

The Library of Congress > Law Library > News & Events > Global Legal Monitor

New Zealand: New Blood and Breath Alcohol Content Limits for Drivers Come into Effect

(Dec. 5, 2014) On December 1, 2014, new drunk driving limits came into effect in New Zealand. (Land Transport Amendment Act (No 2) 2014, Ministry of Transport (last updated Dec. 2, 2014).) The changes follow the passage of the Land Transport Amendment Act (No. 2) 2014 (New Zealand Legislation website (Aug. 2014)). This Act lowered […]

South Africa: Child Restraint and Seat Belt Regulations Tightened

(Dec. 2, 2014) On October 31, 2014, South Africa’s Minister of Transportation issued amendments to the National Road Traffic Regulations of 2000, which are made under the National Road Traffic Act of 1996. (Amendment of the National Road Traffic Regulations, § 52, Government Gazette [GG], No. 38142 (Oct. 31, 2014), SOUTH AFRICA GOVERNMENT ONLINE; Correction […]

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 […]

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 […]

Sweden: Charges Brought Under New Provision on Driving While Using Cellphones

(Dec. 13, 2013) On December 1, 2013, an amendment to the Swedish Traffic Regulation entered into force. Under the new provision, a cellphone or other communications device (such as a GPS) may only be used while driving if it does not negatively affect the driver’s ability to drive the vehicle. (4 ch. 10e §SFS 1998:1276 […]

Russia: New Rules for Air Passengers

(June 28, 2013) On June 7, 2013, the Law on Amendments to the Air Code of the Russian Federation was signed by the Russian President. (Law No. 124-FZ [in Russian], June 7, 2013, ROSSIISKAIA GAZETA (June 11, 2013) [official publication].) These newly adopted amendments make air travel more accessible for people with disabilities. The Law […]

Australia: Amendments to Aviation Crimes Legislation Passed

(Feb. 14, 2011) On February 9, 2011, the Aviation Crimes and Policing Legislation Amendment Bill 2010 was passed by the Australian Parliament. (Press Release, Hon. Brendan O'Connor, Safer Skies for All Australians with Passage of New Laws (Feb. 9, 2011), http://www.ministerhomeaffairs.gov.au/www/ministers/oconnor.nsf/Page/MediaReleases_2011_FirstQuarter_9February2011-SaferskiesforallAustralianswithpassageofnewlaws; Aviation Crimes and Policing Legislation Amendment Bill 2010 [2011], Parliament of Australia, http://parlinfo.aph.gov.au/parlInfo/search/display/display.w3p;query=Id%3A%22legislation%2Fbillhome%2Fs764%22 (last […]

European Union: New Rules on Air Safety Proposed

(Apr. 2, 2010) On March 11, 2010, the European Commission unveiled new legislation on safety in civil aviation at a meeting of the European Union transport ministers in Brussels. The proposed regulation takes into account the experience gained in investigating airplane accidents since the adoption of Directive 94/56/EC Establishing Fundamental Principles Governing the Investigation of […]

European Union: Public Consultation on Impact of Body Scanners on Human Rights

(Dec. 9, 2008) Regulation 300/2008, which was adopted on March 11, 2008, by the European Parliament and the Council of the European Union, establishes common standards in civil aviation security. It is designed to protect individuals and goods across the European Union by thwarting terrorist attacks against aircraft, such as hijacking, sabotage, and other unlawful […]