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Uber-complex: regulating ride-hail services

Ride-hail services such as Uber and Lyft generally offer a cheaper and more convenient alternative to standard taxi services, but have disrupted the transport market and generated a myriad of complex issues in terms of regulation. The problem is that a taxi licence is required for driving Uber rides as required for driving a taxi.…

Ballast Water Management Convention to enter into force – Impacts on the environment, shipowners and the cleantech industry

The International Convention for the Control and Management of Ships’ Ballast Water and Sediments, adopted by the IMO (International Maritime Organization) in 2004, will enter into force on 8 September 2017. The Convention specifies standards for ballast water and sediments management to follow. It applies, in principle, to all ships in international traffic. The Convention…

Supreme Administrative Court on reduced fairway dues when carrying empty containers

According to Section 1 of the Fairway Dues Act, “Fairway dues are payable to the government for ships engaged in merchant shipping in Finnish territorial waters”. The amount of fairway dues will be reduced if a ship is not fully loaded comparing to the particular loading capacity utilisation rate. According to the legislature, reducing fairway…

New Motor Liability Insurance Act enters into force

The new Motor Liability Insurance Act entered into Force on January 1 2017, renewing the previous act from 1959. The reform process began in 2004 and the end result is a clear and easily understandable act which responds to existing and future needs. Motor liability insurance safeguards the innocent party’s legal protection and compensation. The…

Validity of legal expenses insurance

The purpose of legal expenses insurance is to cover the legal fees charged by a lawyer representing the insured in an insurance event. The right to coverage arises when there is a dispute, such as a claim or charge that has been disputed. Legal expenses insurance indemnifies only insurance events occurring during the validity of…