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.
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.