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United Kingdom: Uber Drivers Are Workers Entitled to Employment Law Protections, Supreme Court Rules

(Mar. 17, 2021) The Supreme Court, the United Kingdom’s highest court, upheld on February 19, 2021, a ruling from the Court of Appeal that drivers who brought an employment law claim against Uber in 2016 were not independent contractors and were entitled to the protections afforded workers under U.K. employment law. The high court rejected […]

United Kingdom: Government Publishes Public Consultation on Environmental Impact of Commercial Spaceflight

(Mar. 2, 2021) On February 10, 2021, the United Kingdom’s government published a consultation (survey) seeking the public’s opinion about the environmental objectives the U.K.’s spaceflight regulator must consider when determining whether to grant a spaceport or launch operator license, along with guidance on how the regulator must implement these objectives. The government acknowledges both […]

Italy: Amendments to the Nautical Sports Code Approved

(Jan. 4, 2021) On November 12, 2020, Italy’s government issued Legislative Decree No. 160, which amends and corrects the consolidated text of the Nautical Sports Code. Regulated Activities The code applies to navigation carried out in maritime or inland waters, exclusively for sporting or recreational and nonprofit purposes, using pleasure boats having any method of […]

Italy: Decree on Transplant Recipients’ Fitness to Obtain Driver’s Licenses Enters into Force

(July 16, 2020) On July 12, 2020, Decree No. 69, approving regulations concerning the psychophysical suitability of persons who have undergone organ transplantation to obtain and confirm the validity of a driver’s license, entered into force in Italy. The decree, which had been issued by the president of Italy, Sergio Mattarella, on April 23, 2020, […]

England: Uber Faces Operating Ban in London

(Jan. 13, 2020) On November 25, 2019, Transport for London (TfL), the authority responsible for regulating London’s public transport network and taxi and private hire operators, and for managing the area’s main roads, announced that Uber would not be granted a new license to operate in London due to a “pattern of failures … including […]

Egypt: Ministerial Resolution Issued to Regulate Activities of Ride-Sharing Companies

(Oct. 22, 2019) On September 18, 2019, Egypt’s cabinet issued Resolution No. 2180 of 2019, which regulates ride-sharing companies operating in Egypt, such as Uber. The Resolution acts as the executive regulation of Law No. 87 of 2018 concerning land transportation services. Under the Egyptian legal system, an executive regulation is used to clarify the […]

Japan: Drone Flight Guidelines Amended to Require Registered and Searchable Online Flight Plans

(Oct. 11, 2019) Japan’s Guidelines for Permission/Approval Concerning Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Flight (Nov. 17, 2015) were amended on July 26, 2019. Under the amendment, all flight plans of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) that are subject to permission (kyoka) or approval (shonin) must be registered in the online flight information sharing system managed by the Ministry […]

European Union: European Court of Justice Rules on German Highway Toll for Passenger Vehicles

(July 11, 2019) On June 18, 2019, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) held that the German highway toll for passenger vehicles is incompatible with European Union (EU) law, in particular with the principles of the free movement of goods and the freedom to provide services. It stated that the toll in combination with the […]

Denmark: Copenhagen Limits Number of Electric Scooters on Its Streets

(June 13, 2019) On June 3, 2019, the Technical and Environmental Committee for the Municipality of Copenhagen decided to cap the number of electric scooters and electric bicycles available on the streets of certain areas of Copenhagen. The decision provides that only 200 e-scooters and 200 rental e-bikes may be placed in the most crowded […]

Italy: Legislation on Economic Growth Enters into Force

(June 12, 2019) On May 1, 2019, a new decree-law with several measures intended to encourage economic growth entered into force in Italy. (Decree-Law No. 34 of April 30, 2019, Urgent Measures for Economic Growth and for the Resolution of Crisis Situations), GAZZETTA UFFICIALE [G.U., OFFICIAL GAZETTE], Apr. 30, 2019, G.U. website (in Italian).) New […]