Singapore tightens regulations on unmanned drones

VNA
Singapore’s Parliament on November 4 approved the Air Navigation (Amendment) Bill under which, from January 2, 2020, all drones that weigh more than 250g will have to be registered with the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) before they can be used in the country.

Illustrative image (Source: https://www.straitstimes.com)

Illustrative image (Source: https://www.straitstimes.com)

Penalties for various offences involving unmanned drones will also be raised.
Under the terms of the bill, first-time offenders could be jailed for up to two years and fined up to SGD50,000 (nearly US$37,000), while repeat offenders could be jailed for up to five years and fined up to SGD100,000 , as part of tightened penalties for offences involving all aircraft.
Currently, first-time offenders caught flying a drone without a valid permit could be fined up to SGD 20,000 (almost $15,000). Repeat offenders could be jailed for up to 15 months and fined up to SGD40,000.
The maximum fine and jail term for flying a drone over a protected area will also be raised, from SGD 20,000 to SGD 50,000 and from 12 months to two years respectively, for first-time offenders.
Repeat offenders previously faced the same penalty for this offence but could now be fined up to SGD 100,000 and jailed for up to five years.
Drone users will have a three-month grace period from January 2, 2020 to register their devices. They can purchase registration labels online or over the counter at designated post offices, before completing the registration online.
Senior Minister of State for Transport Lam Pin Min said the tightened regulations will help create greater accountability and traceability among users of unmanned aircraft.
The mandatory registration and stiffer penalties come in the wake of two illegal drone incursions that disrupted operations at Changi Airport in June, resulting in 55 flight delays and eight diversions.

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