The federal government is enacting stricter measures and fines for anyone who flies a drone too close to an airport or plane.
Transport Minister Marc Garneau said Thursday he’s taking action before a drone hits an airplane and causes a catastrophic event.
“That’s the kind of nightmare scenario that keeps me awake at night as your transport minister,” said Garneau.
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Drones will no longer be able to fly higher than 90 metres, within 75 metres of any buildings, vehicles or people, or within nine kilometres of any airport. Those who violate the new measures face fines of up to $3000.
Recreational operators will also be required to mark drones with their contact information.
The Air Line Pilots Association supports the measures but believes Transport Canada should make it law that drones should be registered at the point of sale.
“Up to now we have had the do’s and don’ts for recreational drone use, but they were only guidelines and there were no penalties for ignoring them,” said Garneau.
BC’s Transportation Minister says he’s pleased with changes the feds announced.
“On both the safety and the privacy front we encourage the federal government to bring some tough regulations in and my initial review of those regulations this morning is they appear to have hit the mark.”
Stone says though this falls under federal jurisdiction he’s offered any assistance needed to enforce the new rules.
Meanwhile YVR’s President and CEO is applauding the new restrictions that’ll make it tougher for drones to impact planes.
YVR has made its position on drone safety known in the past back in 2015 it launched a program that saw “NO DRONE” signs sprinkled around the area.
Thursday’s announcement followed an uptick in reported drone incidents, according to Transport Minister Marc Garneau, who says there were 41 in 2014 and 148 by last year.
With files from TheCanadian Press.