Taipei:The Civil Aeronautics Administration (CAA) announced Sunday that drone operators in Taiwan can now register their drones at a government website for free until October as stipulated by a new law that makes such registration compulsory for aviation safety.
According to an amendment to the Civil Aviation Act passed in 2019, drone operators in Taiwan will need to register and pass an exam conducted by the Civil Aeronautics Administration (CAA) to obtain an operator license, so that the authorities can identify owners in the event of accidents.
Those who operate a drone with no registration will face a fine from NT$30,000 (US$996) to NT$150,000. Meanwhile, those found to be operating the devices without a license could be fined NT$60,000 to NT$300,000, according to the act.
As the new law will officially take effect March 31, the CAA said drone operators can now register their vehicles at https://drone.caa.gov.tw/
Registration is free of charge until Sept. 30. Beginning Oct. 1, however, each registration will be charged NT$50, according to the CAA.
According to the new act, all privately owned drones weighing 250 grams or more must be registered. Drones owned by government agencies, schools or legal entities must also be registered with the CAA, regardless of weight.
The CAA said they set the 250 gram threshold by learning from similar laws in the United States and the European Union, where they consider drones weighing more than 250 grams to pose higher risks in the event of a fall or a collision.
A registration code will be given to drone operators following registration. The code is valid for two years and must be attached to the drone while in operation, according to the CAA.
The registration code can be extended within 30 days before its expiration, it added.
Also, drone operators must be older than 16 years of age.
Those who wish to operate a drone under 20 years of age will need to present an agreement of legal representation before he or she can register, the CAA added.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel