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Transport or Transportation Law describes the body of law dealing with all forms of transportation. These laws derive from state, federal, and even local sources, and can apply very broadly at a transport system level or more narrowly to specific activities or things. Similarly, the laws affecting transportation pertain not only to the modes of transit, but also to the infrastructure that supports them, such as roads, bridges, airports, trails, ports, etc.


Aviation law covers almost all legal issues affecting aircraft and airport operations, including aircraft navigation and maintenance, air traffic control safety, and pilot licensing requirements. Aviation law mostly operates at the federal level, with most aviation regulations and standards enforced by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The Transportation Security Administration (TSA), which ensures airline passenger safety, and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), which investigates aviation accidents, also regulate aviation safety. International flights are also governed by international law and the laws of the individual countries that the flight passes through.

Motor Carrier

Motor carrier refers to a person who owns, controls, operates, manages, or leases a commercial motor vehicle, or bus for the transportation of property or persons in intrastate or interstate commerce except for scheduled intercity bus service and farm vehicles using FM tags as allowed by the Department of Motor Vehicles. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is an agency in the United States Department of Transportation that regulates the trucking industry in the United States.

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