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FAA Proposes to Clarify Policy on Aviation Fuel TaxesOn November 21, 2013, FAA published notice of its intent to amend the Policy and Procedures Concerning the Use of Airport Revenue with regard to local taxes on aviation fuels. By statute, local taxes on aviation fuels in effect after January 1988 are to be used only for airport purposes and state aviation programs. The proposed changes would provide that the statutory limits (1) apply to both state and local aviation fuel taxes; (2) apply to any tax on aviation fuel, even if included in a broader tax on other products; (3) apply to taxes on aviation fuel dispensed at the airport, regardless of where the taxes are collected; and (4) apply to a new assessment or imposition of an aviation fuel tax, even if the tax could have been imposed before Dec. 30, 1987. For a copy of the Federal Register notice, click here.
DOT Publishes Final Rule Regarding Access to Air Travel For Disabled PassengersOn November 12, 2013, the Department of Transportation issued a Final Rule regarding access to automated airport kiosks and air carrier websites for passengers with disabilities. Certain restrictions now apply to airport operators that jointly own, lease, or control automated kiosks with U.S. and foreign air carriers. Specifically, airport operators must now work with air carriers to ensure that all new automated kiosks installed after December 12, 2016 meet detailed design requirements. This mandate applies until at least 25% of automated kiosks in each airport location meet those standards. Additional provisions of the Final Rule apply to: (1) websites operated by both foreign and domestic air carriers; and (2) disclosure of information by travel agents. For a copy of the Final Rule, click here.