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CAA to get tough on drones

CAA to get tough on drones

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Drones weighing 25 kilogram or more will fall under the supervision of the Civil Aeronautics Administration, the government decided Thursday.
A special meeting on the subject was held after an unmanned flying vehicle which slammed into Taipei 101 on Tuesday turned out to have been operated by a Chinese tourist.
The European Union and the United States also used 25 kg as a limit between different types of drones to determine the authorities, CAA Director-General Lin Tyh-ming said.
Users and operators of the heavier unmanned vehicles would need certification and registration permits for their drones from the CAA, he said. Tougher restrictions on where they could fly would also be introduced soon, according to the CAA.
The government body reportedly wanted to file the necessary amendments with the Legislative Yuan by the end of September so lawmakers could pass them during their next session.
Drones weighing less than 25 kg would be considered as used for entertainment and could be regulated by local governments as they saw fit, Lin said. The airspace up to 100 meters above empty plots of land could be reserved for drone flights, he added.
The Chinese visitor who operated the drone which crashed into Taipei 101 was likely to be fined NT$300,000 (US$9,600) as it was flying higher than the 60-meter limit under existing regulations. If the tourist left Taiwan before paying the fine, the CAA would contact the Straits Exchange Foundation and China’s Association for Relations across the Taiwan Straits to pursue the matter, Lin said.


Updated : 2021-09-23 18:19 GMT+08:00