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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 […]

Italy: Law Authorizing Emergency Rescue Loan to Alitalia Takes Effect

(Dec. 20, 2019) On December 3, 2019, Decree Law No. 137 of December 2, 2019 (Decreto-Legge 2 dicembre 2019, n. 137) (D.L. No. 137), containing urgent measures to ensure the continuity of service of Alitalia, entered into force in Italy. The new legislation authorizes a government loan of 400 million euros (about US$442 million) to […]

Spain: National Directorate on Traffic Issues Regulation on Electric Scooters

(Dec. 18, 2019) On December 4, 2019, the National Directorate on Traffic issued temporary instructions regulating the use of vehicles of personal mobility (vehículos de movilidad personal, VMPs) and segways until an official permanent regulation is issued. According to the instructions, electric scooters with a maximum speed capability of 6 to 25 kph (about 3.7 […]

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 […]

Turkey: Nationwide Police Operation Conducted to Enforce Ban Against Smoking While Driving

(Oct. 10, 2019) As a result of a simultaneous, country-wide police operation aimed at enforcing a ban on smoking while driving in Turkey, more than 5,000 tickets were issued on September 25, 2019, to drivers smoking cigarettes in their private vehicles. The ban, which was added to the Law on the Prevention and Control of […]

Ukraine: New Law Makes Charging Stations More Accessible and Requires Designated Lanes for Electric Vehicles

(Sept. 24, 2019) On July 11, 2019, the president of Ukraine signed into a law a bill on facilitating access to charging stations and requiring designated lanes for electric vehicles. (Law of Ukraine on Amendments to Some Legislative Acts of Ukraine on Creating Access to Charging Station Infrastructure for Electric Vehicles, July 11, 2019). The […]

Tuvalu: Ban on Single-Use Plastics Commences

(Aug. 19, 2019) On July 29, 2019, it was reported that the Tuvalu government will ban certain single-use plastic items from August 1, 2019, and will also introduce an importation levy on specific items to help pay for their recycling or shipment out of the country once they are dumped as waste. According to the […]

Colombia: Congress Passes Laws Aimed at Improving Air Quality

(July 31, 2019) On July 18, 2019, the Colombian Congress passed a law aimed at reducing the emission of air pollutants—80% of which, according to the Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development, are produced by national transport, especially diesel vehicles. (Mejorar la calidad del aire, compromiso del Gobierno Duque en el Día Mundial del Medio […]