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Transportation law covers most aspects of travel and commerce on the streets and highways, in the air, and on the water -- including regulation of vehicles and vessels; implementation of safety standards; and oversight of shipping activity. Transportation is regulated at both the provincial and federal level. 

The regulation of who may transport through the air, sea or on land is a separate issue that often necessitates a lawyer. How licenses are granted or revoked, for instance, is a common issue. Who do you turn to if your pilot's license is in jeopardy? What to do if your railroad or trucking access is at stake in a federal hearing? How about if criminal charges come to bear after a transportation law incident?

These are all instances when you would want to consult with legal counsel. Additionally, transportation lawyers are familiar with the many industry-specific laws and regulations that may apply.

Aviation Law

General aviation includes all non-commercial aircraft including small planes, large business jets, charter flights, pleasure crafts, helicopters, and hang gliders. Generally, air traffic is considered to be a safe means of transportation, but when accidents do occur they often result in fatalities. Smaller, less serious accidents involving private aircraft are more frequent than people realize, because many of these incidents go unreported.

Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (Drones)

More commonly known as drones, remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) continue to grow in popularity and application. There has been a continued increase in the number of individuals and companies that are interested in getting into commercial drone operations, but many do not know where to start.

Self-Driving + Autonomous Vehicles

Autonomous Vehicles (AVs) are a technology under rapid development and are of immense interest to both commercial and private users. Most vehicles sold today have some autonomous features, but this is quickly changing.

Blicharz v Livingstone, 2019 ABCA 42
January 2018
Drones 101
Calgary lawyer says laws confusing but clarity is on the horizon
January 2018
Could New Technology Keep Drones from Spying on You?
Vanessa Hvratin, National Post
Erika Carrasco offers perspective on the current challenges facing the drone industry, and how new technology and privacy laws could impact future drone legislation.
November 2017
Legally Using Drones in Construction - How to Maximize Profit while Minimizing Risk
November 2017
Legal Eagle to Explain How to Soar like a Drone Properly
Peter Caulfield, Journal of Commerce
Ahead of Calgary Buildex 2017, Erika Carrasco provides background on her presentation on safe, legal use of drones: It's a Bird, It's a Plane, No It's a Drone! Legal Know-how for Successful Use and Operation of UAVs on Construction and Comm...
June 2017
First Calgarian Convicted for Flying Drone Wins New Trial After Appeal
Shawn Logan, Calgary Herald
Erika Carrasco grants insight into the complexities of UAV Regulations in Canada, and her involvement as counsel in the appeal of the first person in Calgary charged under those Regulations.
April 2017
Taking Off: Drone Law in Canada
What You Need to Know to (Legally) Operate a Drone   Did you know that people operating drones are considered pilots of aircraft? Or that the Canadian drone market is estimated to be worth between $100-$260 million by 2024? How about the fac...
September 2016
The Wild West: Drone Laws and Privacy in Canada
‘Drones’ were first known by the military as unmanned aerial vehicles, and later by the International Civil Aviation Organization as remotely piloted aircraft systems. Drones come in various shapes and sizes and can be p...