Hong Kong's consultation on drone registration, insurance takes off

Third-party insurance policies to be required for all drones over 250g if proposal is approved

Hong Kong's consultation on drone registration, insurance takes off

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By Gabriel Olano

Hong Kong’s Civil Aviation Department (CAD) has launched a three-month public consultation to gain feedback on proposed regulations on unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), commonly known as drones.

The proposal could see owners required to register their craft with authorities, undergo training and examinations, as well as meet insurance requirements. The creation of an official map that designates no-fly zones has also been put forward.

The CAD has called for the government to review existing laws, which it described as “rudimentary and unable to cope with technological advancements of drones,” South China Morning Post reported.

According to a consultancy study commissioned by CAD, owners of drones weighing more than 250g must register their devices, and those with drones weighing between 250g and 7kg must undergo short online courses. Meanwhile, those with drones exceeding 7kg must obtain more advanced training and certification from CAD. Mandatory third-party insurance was also proposed for all registered drones.

Lock Chow, founder of drone users association UAVHongkong, said the proposals were a welcome development.

“The registration system will be very useful. In the event of an accident, at least, the government can know who the drone owner is and who should be responsible,” Chow told SCMP. Chow is also a creative director at Bighead Creative, a production firm that engages in aerial filming.


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