South Africa’s new drone rules, which take effect today, enshrine far heavier potential prison sentences than other countries that have similar rules.
South Africa: New drone laws come into force
The South Africa Civil Aviation Authority – which enforces the rules – accepts that the rules were rushed out in order to meet ‘a growing demand to regulate this sector’. In contrast, Japan is planning a one-year prison sentence for people who fly drones in residential areas and Singapore has introduced a five-year penalty for carrying dangerous materials.
More details about South Africa, New Zealand, Australia and other regimes are available in the Robotics Law Journal – the new title covering drones, driverless cars and other forms of robotics that will be published this month.
Source: Robotics Law Journal