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Revised drone rules to be sent for legislative deliberation: official

Revised drone rules to be sent for legislative deliberation: official

Taipei, Sept. 23 (CNA) The Civil Aeronautics Administration (CAA, ???) will present draft law amendments for legislative consideration later this month that will regulate the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), a Cabinet official said Wednesday. The draft amendments to the Civil Aviation Law will also cover aerial photography, airspace and equipment after relevant rules are finalized in a Cabinet meeting scheduled for the following day, the official said. The new measures will serve as a regulatory framework and come in response to the increasing number of UAVs and remote-controlled camera drones appearing in the skies over Taiwan. They will impose stricter regulations on camera drones weighing 15 kg or over, including mandatory certification for the vehicle and operator. Under the new rules, remote drones weighing 15 kg and over will be subject to the authority of the CAA, while those weighing less than that will come under the jurisdiction of respective local governments, according to the official. The amendments could come into effect next year if they are approved by the Legislative Yuan. The government decided to revise the law to tighten drone regulations after a number of crashes involving the machines have been reported in Taiwan, raising security concerns, according to the official. Considering that Taiwan is small in area but densely populated, the regulations will be more stringent than similar laws in the U.S. and the European Union, which categorize remote drones as being 25 kg or above in weight, according to the official. According to CAA rules, drones must not be flown at a height of more than 121.92 meters above ground level and are prohibited from being used to take aerial photos of important facilities such as the Presidential Office and the fourth nuclear power plant. (By Wang Cheng-chung and Evelyn Kao)


Updated : 2021-03-09 02:52 GMT+08:00