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United States: Negotiations on Preclearance Agreements to Start

(July 1, 2015) In May 2015, the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced that it will start negotiations with nine countries (Belgium, the Dominican Republic, Japan, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, and the United Kingdom) in order to attempt to reach agreements with their respective governments on preclearance operations that would take […]

Russia: Commercial and Private Drones to Be Outlawed in Moscow

(June 25, 2015) On June 10, 2015, the State Duma (legislature) of the Russian Federation passed at the first reading amendments to the country’s Air Code, which, upon their adoption, will establish regulatory requirements for unmanned aircraft systems and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). (Bill No. 752189-6 on Amending the Air Code of the Russian Federation […]

Russia: Stricter Punishment for Drunk Driving, Speeding

(Dec. 31, 2014) On December 25, 2014, the Federation Council of the Russian Federation (the upper chamber of the legislature) approved a law previously passed by the Russian State Duma that makes driving a car while intoxicated a criminal offense punishable by a fine equal to US$10,000 (equivalency as of the time of the passage […]

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),; Aviation Crimes and Policing Legislation Amendment Bill 2010 [2011], Parliament of Australia,;query=Id%3A%22legislation%2Fbillhome%2Fs764%22 (last […]