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Can a country block its airspace to international civil flights without any reason?

Suppose, a country 'X''s civil airline wants to fly to another country 'Z'. There are three routes. However, the shortest route is 1000km which is through country 'Y'. Can the country 'Y' block its ...
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What's lacking about the Kerch Strait land bridge, between Crimea and Russia?

In this video, retired US Army General and former CIA Director David Petraeus tells CNN's Jake Tapper how the Ukrainian people have aided their army in killing multiple Russian generals. CNN has not ...
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How successful was Russia in fighting off the "private embargo" imposed by Maersk, MSC, and CMA CGM?

A month ago news was that 3 large global [naval] shipping companies were suspending routes to Russia for all but essentials. While Russia has been fighting back some of the sanctions with fairly ...
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Is the number of attacks on civilian freighters in the Black Sea unusual for a war (well, past WWII)?

It seems not a day goes by without a report of an attack on yet another freighter in the Black Sea. Today an Estonian freighter sank. Earlier in the conflict a Moldovan tanker with Russian crew was ...
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Was anything comparable to the current ban on Russian civilian aircraft in various Western countries ever imposed during the Cold War?

I'm curious if there is some historical precedent for this or if this a rather new level of friction that didn't even exist during the Cold War: Estonia, Latvia, Slovenia and Romania said on Saturday ...
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EU ETS: if within-EU flight emissions are limited to climate goals, does a person choosing to fly add to emissions?

I've been trying to fly less and less because it seems the right thing to do. But I can't quite counter this thought: The EU Emission Trading System (ETS) covers commercial aviation. So passenger ...
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What caused the momentum for EU directives on blind-spots of vehicles in the last 20 years

During the last 20 years European laws on blind-spots, areas of road the driver cannot see, have become more strict. The original directive is from 1971 (71/127/EEG). But then there are changes in ...
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Why aren't railways being used to help ease the shortage of fuel in the UK? [closed]

Currently the UK is experiencing a shortage of fuel for road vehicles, this being driven by panic-buying by millions of motorists, which in turn has been driven by a shortage of HGV drivers to deliver ...
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Why doesn't the Paris agreement cover emissions from international shipping?

Why doesn't the Paris agreement include emissions from international shipping? According to the International Maritime Organization (IMO): Note: The Paris Agreement on climate change was agreed in ...
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When the US government activates a Civil Reserve Air Fleet (CRAF), can it activate the civilian crew as well, or are they always volunteers?

CNN's Pentagon activates US airlines to assist with evacuation efforts from Afghanistan says: The Pentagon announced Sunday that Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin ordered the commander of US ...
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Why does British Indian Ocean Territory follow RHT?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Left-_and_right-hand_traffic Why do cars in the British Indian Ocean Territory drive on the right-hand side of the road (as in the US) instead of on the left-hand side of ...
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Does the US officially acknowledge that Iran diverted a flight from Dubai to Kyrgyzstan in 2010?

Iran and Kyrgyzstan have claimed that a flight from Abu Dhabi to Bishkek was forced to land in Iran in 2010, leading to the arrest of Abdolmalek Rigi, who was later executed. Interestingly, US ...
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Why does Russia choose to depend on the Bosporus Strait for shipping?

According to the Wikipedia article on the proposed Istanbul Canal, it is said that the Bosporus has nearly 3 times the amount of ship traffic as the Suez Canal. Presumably this ship traffic comes ...
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Why did the Pakistan government put more importance on road communication rather than railways?

NHA (Background) Roads in Pakistan National Highways of Pakistan Motorways of Pakistan Expressways of Pakistan It is recognized that Pakistan has one of the most developed road networks in South/...
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Why hasn't the UK government nationalised the rail service in England?

Four months after Wales nationalised their rail services, Scotland has announced that it will nationalise it's railways, obviously this has been an outcome of the slump in passenger numbers due to the ...
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What does the U.S.A. Green New Deal propose on railway electrification? [duplicate]

What role does railroad electrification have in proposal (or various proposals) for an American Green New Deal? In coverage of the American Green New Deal there has been much attention to electric ...
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Would it be constitutional for Congress to pass a law making (future) taxi licenses non-transferable?

There's almost certainly no political appetite for this in the US right now, but (in theory) would it be constitutional for a federal law to prohibit state and local governments from selling taxicab ...
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Why did France start issuing non-transferable taxi licenses in 2015?

According to a 2016 EU document taxi licenses issued in France before 2015 remain transferable, but those issued thereafter are not. Under the French system, the licences are called “parking ...
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How are London's cabs licensed?

Is there any similarity between the medallion system predominant in US cities, in which taxicab licenses once (and seldom) issued are forever sold on the open market, with a large secondary (and ...
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Is the transferable medallion system backed predominantly by a political party (or wing thereof)?

For those who don't know, in the US in many cities taxicabs use a transferable licensing system (aka "medallion"), with artificially limited supply: Most medallion owners never interact ...
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What happened to "Mobility Package 1" (new EU lorry driver regulations)?

After many news pieces covering protest of Eastern EU firms/drivers and some on subsequent parliamentary exhortations, I can't figure out what if anything was adopted from "Mobility Package 1" and if ...
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Did Norway reduce Electric Car Incentives (Policy) because they were so costly?

I wonder whether there is an official statement that some electric car incentives in Norway were stopped, because they were too costly. I came across this document, that states at the very bottom (I ...
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Who determines when road center lines are solid or dashed?

A two lane state highway I regularly travel was recently re-paved, and the last step was to paint the center lines. Seeing the freshly painted lines prompts this question: Who determines when the ...
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Are Mexican trucks presently allowed beyond a buffer zone around the US southern border?

The US was involved in a long-running NAFTA dispute with Mexico over trucking: Although the charter of the North American Free Trade Agreement established a schedule that would have opened the ...
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Why does the 25 year import rule for cars still exist in the USA?

A motor vehicle that is at least 25 years old can be lawfully imported into the U.S. without regard to whether it complies with all applicable FMVSS. Why does that 25 year import rule for cars still ...
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Why did it take so long for Germany to allow electric scooters / e-rollers on the roads?

According to Telegraph Germany has just issued a law that allows electrical scooters on the roads: Germany has become the latest country to approve the use of electric scooters on its roads as ...
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Why are so many countries subsidizing the electrical vehicle industry?

I am creating a presentation about main subsidies and taxes for the EV (electric vehicle) market. When I dived deep into this — the question became: why do governments invest in this market? What ...
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What is the capitalist answer to rail passenger transportation being non financially profitable?

In developed countries, rail transport is usually provided at financial loss, and needs to be subsidised by governments. In countries who have refused to do so (mostly on the American continent), ...
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Is Belt and Road Initiative cost-effective?

Does the geopolitical advantage of China's Belt and Road Initiative outweigh the financial costs of the loans? Would the loan be better spent internally or kept unused?
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Can a EU country refuse to allow a car to circulate with plates from another EU country?

A spat between Sweden and Romania; a car with an insulting plates (when read in Romanian) caused the Swedish embassy to release this rather ambiguous statement: The Embassy of Sweden in Romania would ...
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Does EU freedom of speech allow a license plate that taunts a political party?

A few weeks ago a Romanian bought a personalized number plate from Sweden that seemed perfectly fine for Swedish Transport Agency is usually very vigilant when approving such plates. However, this ...
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What prevents states and counties in the US from combining drivers license and registration data?

When stopped for a traffic infraction in the United States most (all?) officers ask for license and registration. They are legally allowed to demand this information on request as a condition of ...
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Why was the Kerch strait bridge built along a long route?

Russia just completed construction of a very long bridge across the Kerch strait - 23km. I was wondering - why didn't it build the bridge along the shorter route, from Chushka port, where the ferry ...
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What would be the social and political consequences if a major country decided to prohibit driverless cars? [closed]

In the news, there's been talk of countries banning petrol and diesel cars by 2030-2040, but what if a major country - say for example; Canada, United Kingdom, Spain, Italy and South Africa; decided ...
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Why is US rail passenger transportation less important than in other countries?

Reading this article about the fastest trains in the world, I found no US train. This makes sense since high speed rails is quite limited: (..) Amtrak's Acela Express (reaching 150 mph (240 km/h)) (...
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Why do so many US States have a relaxed vehicle inspection policy?

According to Wikipedia, many US states have a relaxed policy for car inspection regulations: Maryland requires an inspection prior to registration or transfer of ownership only. Several states ...
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What do British people think about female-only carriages on trains?

I read that one politician in British Labour party suggested implementing a women-only carriage but immediately got backlash (here or here). I tried accessing some of these articles but all of them ...
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Can Bahrain prevent Qatar Airways from flying?

The Washington Post writes: If not for a gesture of goodwill from Bahrain, whose airspace practically encircles Qatar, the airline would have to cease operations. But is it really a gesture of ...
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Why does the EU invest so much in biodiesel if it has a very low return on investment as a fuel?

According to a chart posted in a Skeptics question, biodiesel is the worst energy source we have in terms of return on investment: However, every time I travel outside the city in Europe I see huge ...
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Are there countries with true open-market railways?

Over here Ben Southwood makes a case against nationalizing the British train lines: [..] Returning it to centralised state control would be a step backwards and a mistake. Instead we ...
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What are the long term benefits of renationalising the trains in the UK?

Jeremy Corbyn has campaigned and said labour will renationalise the trains "line by line" as they expire. And has repeated this mandate time and time again. "Public ownership of our railways is ...
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Why is the East Coast railway being reprivatized?

The various private rail franchises in Britain have all had their share of difficulties. East Coast actually collapsed, and was renationalized. As a public concern, it has outperformed the private ...
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What laws cover the transit areas of international airports?

As of the writing of this question (6/25/13), Edward Snowden is presumed to be at SVO, but there is a disconnect between Vladimir Putin and Barack Obama about what that means. From the perspective of ...
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How high must a craft fly in order to not be in foreign airspace?

When flying over another country's airspace, the laws of that country apply. Alcohol, for example, can be banned on certain flights due to international recognition of a foreign power's rights. That ...
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Why would a state reject federal funding for infrastructure?

The government of Florida rejected federal funding for high-speed rail. The same is true for Ohio and Wisconsin. I can't wrap my mind around this — if someone else is paying, why reject basic ...
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Are there any proposals for a significant electrification of US railroads?

Most of the railroads in the United States are not electrified. I can't find figures right now, but I don't think it's much. In the past decade, fuel prices have risen, Amtrak ridership has increased ...
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What is the status of the proposed extension of passenger railroads in the US?

From a European perspective, I have the impression that in most of the USA, intercity passenger rail travel is mestly a touristic endeavour, and not used for "ordinary" intercity travel as it is in ...
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