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Finland: Administrative Opinion on Tax Treatment of Uber Drivers

(Oct. 23, 2015) The Finnish Tax Administration (Verohallinto) issued an opinion on October 15, 2015, on the provision by individual drivers of personal transportation services to customers by means of a mobile phone application, such as the services offered by Uber. The Tax Administration stressed that it is not authorized to determine whether such services […]

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 […]

France: Constitutional Court Rules on Car-Hiring Services Legislation

(June 30, 2015) There have been some important recent developments on the legal status of chauffeured vehicles for hire in France. Probably the most significant came in the form of a constitutional challenge to Law No. 2014-1104 of October 1, 2014, on Taxis and Chauffeured Transport Vehicles, commonly called the Loi Thévenoud (Thévenoud Law), the […]

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 […]

Italy: Measures to Reactivate the Economy, Promote Development, and Reduce Bureaucracy

(Nov. 19, 2014) The Italian legislature recently passed legislation to strengthen the national economy and to reduce bureaucracy. (Decree-Law No. 133, of September 12, 2014 (D.L. 133), Urgent Measures for the Opening of Construction Sites, the Construction of Public Works, Digitization of the Country, Reduction of Bureaucracy, the Mitigation of Hydrogeological Instability, and for the […]

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 […]

Japan: Promotion of Investment in Overseas Infrastructure Projects

(May 5, 2014) Japan’s Overseas Transport and City Development Support Service Stock Corporation Act was promulgated on April 18, 2014. (Act No. 24 of 2014. The text of the bill that became the act without change is available on the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport (MLIT) website [in Japanese).) This Act aims to promote […]

Italy: Plan to Control Boat Traffic in Venice

(Aug. 29, 2013) On August 27, 2013, the city of Venice announced a plan to better control boat traffic in the city’s canals. Citing the need to increase safety following the August 17 death of a German tourist in a boating accident, city officials stated that several measures would be taken to control the traffic. […]

European Union: Commission Gives Green Light to Proposed Merger Between Two U.S. Air Carriers

(Aug. 8, 2013) On August 5, 2013, the European Commission approved a proposed merger between US Airways Group and AMR Corporation, including AMR’s main subsidiary American Airlines, Inc. The proposed merger could potentially infringe European Union competition rules if it resulted in a monopoly on the London-Philadelphia route, for which US Airways and American Airlines […]

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 […]