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Bangladesh: Ban on Multiple Motorcycle Riders

(June 21, 2016) A recent hike in criminal activities committed against secular and liberal activists and members of religious minorities, using motorcycles in the commission of the crimes, has drawn the attention of the Bangladesh government. On June 6, 2016, the Home Minister announced a ban on more than one person riding pillion on motorcycles. […]

Vietnam: Stiffer Penalties for Drunk Driving and Other Offenses

(June 20, 2016) On May 26, 2016, the Vietnamese government issued Decree No. 46/2016/ND-CP, on administrative sanctions for road traffic and rail transport violations. Most of the provisions enter into force on August 1, 2016.  The new Decree replaces Decree 171 of 2013 and Decree 107 of 2014.  (Stiffer Fines Await Drunk Drivers, VIETNAM LAW […]

Netherlands: New Rules Pending for E-Bikers

(Apr. 12, 2016) It was reported on March 25, 2016, that fast electric bikes, that is, ones capable of going up to 45 kph, (about 28 mph) will be treated as mopeds in the Netherlands as of 2017, to conform to European Union regulations on the devices. (E-Bike Users May Have to Wear Helmets, Cabinet […]

Italy: Legislation on Road Homicide and Road Injury Adopted

(Apr. 6, 2016) On March 25, 2016, new legislation introducing the crimes of “road homicide” (omicidio stradale) and “road personal injury” (lesioni personali stradali) entered into effect in Italy.  (Law No. 41 of March 23, 2016, Introducing the Crime of Road Homicide and the Crime of Road Personal Injury, and Approving Provisions for the Coordination […]

Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, and Nepal: Motor Vehicles Agreement

(Sept. 21, 2015) Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, and Nepal (BBIN) signed a Motor Vehicles Agreement for the Regulation of Passenger, Personal and Cargo Vehicular Traffic on June 15, 2015 in Thimpu, Bhutan.  Aside from facilitating the cross-border movement of passengers and goods, the agreement is expected to “promote safe, economical [,] efficient and environmentally sound road […]

Thailand: Use of Hand-Held Cell Phones at Red Lights Ruled Illegal

(Aug. 18, 2015) It was reported on August 2, 2015, that the fourth Standing Committee of Thailand’s Council of State has ruled that it is illegal for a driver stopped at a red light to talk on a hand-held mobile phone. (Thailand: Use of Mobile at Red Light Is Illegal, BANGKOK POST ONLINE (Aug. 2, […]

Indonesia: District Adopts Sharia-Based Rules, Bans Unmarried Couples on Motorbikes

(May 5, 2015) According to a May 4, 2015, report, North Aceh, a district in Aceh Province of Indonesia, has adopted a law prohibiting unmarried men and women from riding motorbikes together. Local legislator Fauzan Hamzah said the new ban is part of “efforts to implement sharia [Islamic religious] law fully” and that for an […]

Brazil: Dismantling of Cars Regulated

(May 28, 2014) On May 20, 2104, Brazil promulgated Law No. 12,977, which regulates the dismantling of motor vehicles in the country that are subject to the Brazilian Traffic Code (Lei No. 12.977, de 20 de Maio de 2014, art. 1, PLANALTO; Código de Trânsito Brasileiro (Sept. 23, 1997), PLANALTO). The new law was published […]

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 […]

Japan: Severe Punishment for Drivers Who Have Seizures in Certain Traffic Accident Cases

(Dec. 11, 2013) The Diet, Japan’s parliament, adopted a law in November 2013 that imposes stricter penalties on reckless drivers who cause fatal accidents while under the influence of alcohol or are impaired due to a chronic illness. (Act on Punishment of Acts Inflicting Injury or Death on Other(s) by Driving a Vehicle [in Japanese], […]