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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, […]

New Zealand: New Rules on Drones Come into Effect

(July 31, 2015) On August 1, 2015, new and amended Civil Aviation Rules on unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPAS) came into effect in New Zealand. The rules, which were developed by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) under the Civil Aviation Act 1990, were approved by the Associate Minister of Transport […]

Taiwan: Drone Regulations to Be Revised

(July 30, 2015) Taiwan’s Civil Aeronautics Administration (CAA) announced on July 23, 2015, that a revision of Taiwan laws on the licensing and operation of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and camera drones will be completed by mid-September. The new measures will establish a regulatory framework that, among other features, will provide for a coordinated response […]

United Nations: Tribunal on Accountability for Malaysia MH17 Crash

(July 1, 2015) Australia, Belgium, Malaysia, the Netherlands, and Ukraine, the five countries involved in the Joint Investigation Team looking into the July 17, 2014, Malaysia Airlines crash, have expressed the desire to have a United Nations tribunal established. The tribunal would try those responsible for the downing of the airplane, which resulted in the […]

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 […]