CAAS imposes mandatory registration of drones

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From 2 January 2020, all unmanned aircraft (UA) weighing more than 250g must be registered with the civil aviation authority before they can be operated in Singapore.

This comes after recommendations made by the Unmanned Aircraft Systems Advisory Panel (UASAP) were approved by the Ministry of Transport in October 2019.

“Mandatory UA registration is an important part of our enhanced regulatory framework to ensure that UA can be used in Singapore safely,” said Kevin Shum, director general of the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS).

The new regulation includes a compulsory registration of all aerial devices with a take-off weight exceeding 250g and a minimum registrant age of 16 years. UAs must also be made identifiable and traceable with an affixed registration label that comes with a registration fee of $15. Once obtained, device owners are required to upload basic information of the UA and upload a photo of their device affixed with the registration label.

A three-month grace period has been established by the CAAS for owners to register their devices. By April 2, operators who flout these orders will be charged by the authorities. First-time offenders caught flying unregistered drones could be charged and fined up to $20,000. Repeat offenders could be sentenced to a 15-year imprisonment term and fined up to $40,000.

In encouraging UA operators to fly responsibly, CAAS will also be proposing emphasis on training and education to deter errant users and ensure compliance is met.

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