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Government seeking to regulate use of consumer drones

Government seeking to regulate use of consumer drones

Taipei, Sept. 24 (CNA) Taiwan's Cabinet on Wednesday approved a proposed law amendment that would regulate the use of civilian unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and require registration of big ones. The draft amendment to the Civil Aviation Act, which will now be submitted to the Legislature, stipulates that consumer UAVs must be flown visually, only between sunrise and sunset, at a height of no more than 400 feet, said Deputy Minister of Transportation and Communications Tseng Dar-jen (???). It also restricts the operation of such drones to one at a time by a single person and bans their use in areas where there are outdoor gatherings, unless the operator obtains permission from the relevant authorities, Tseng said. He said big consumer UAVs - those weighing 15 kilograms or more -- will be regulated by the Civil Aeronautics Administration, while those under 15kg will be regulated by local governments. Because the use of big UAVs has safety implications, they must be registered for a specific purpose and the operators must hold a license, according to the amendment. In cases where a UAV is registered for business purposes, the operator must pass a flight safety test and purchase insurance, Tseng said. The bill also states that consumer UAVs should not be operated in flight-prohibited or flight-restricted zones or near airports, Tseng said. Offenders will be subject to fines of between NT$300,000 (US$9,059) and NT$1.5 million and will risk revocation of their license and confiscation of the UAVs, he said. (By Wang Cheng-chung and Y.F. Low)


Updated : 2021-05-11 13:41 GMT+08:00