Drone users in Thailand rush to register ahead of possible fines and jail time


More than 2000 drones have been registered in Bangkok and up country after new regulations came into force controlling their use.

Daily News reported that the figures for registration were contained in Twitter comments from the head of the NBTC (National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission) Takorn Thanthasit.

Daily News said that 1,203 had been registered in Bangkok and 1,827 elsewhere. No explanation was given that the figures did not add up to 2,000 but were over 3,000.

Drone users could face five years in jail or 100,000 baht fines for using unregistered drones in restricted areas.

Prosecutions would be made under radio regulations made in 1955.

The news comes after a Thai man was charged last week for flying his drone near Air Force base in the Don Mueang district of Bangkok.

Jatupol Phodee, 37, claimed he had now idea of the new rules on flying drones in Thailand.

He also claimed he jsut wanted to record a video of the view, and the not the Air Force base.

Police said that when Jatupol flew the drone in August, he was deliberately using a wider angle that would capture shots of the airport, The Nation reported.

Officers have charged him with violating the Act on Certain Offences Against Air Navigation 2015 by flying a drone without permission.

He is also charged with breaking the Confidential Information Act by photographing a protected location without permission. He was taken into custody to appear before a court for further legal action.

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