BANGKOK:– The flying of drones in Thailand is set to be banned as part of a new government crackdown.
According to the Transport Ministry, the new regulations will come into effect next month and will prohibit members of the public flying drones fitted with cameras.
The regulations will be used to govern the use of aerial drones which are capable of flying at high altitude, and are considered a threat national security and which also can be violation of the privacy of others, reports Thai PBS.
Under the new regulations, the use of drones will be divided into two categories.
The first, relates to drones used for education, sport and research purposes or on occasions which will help to aid the development of the country.
Drones used in these instances will have permission and a pre-agreed flight path.
The second relates to flying drones for personal use and it is this which needs to be more strictly controlled said Transport Minister Prajin.
Under the new regulations, which are currently being drafted by the Civil Aviation Department, drones carrying cameras will only be permitted for use by the mass media or film making industry.
The flying of drones fitted with cameras will not be allowed by members of the general public.
Anyone wanting to fly a drone in Thailand will also need have to seek permission from the Transport Ministry.
The regulations will also require drones to fly between a height of 15 and 150 metres in order to avoid problems in residential areas when flying at low levels, as well as potential problems with disrupting commercial aircraft when flying above 150 metres.
The proposed penalties for not adhering to the new regulations on flying drones in Thailand will be a prison sentence of up to 1 year or a 40,000 Baht fine.
The crackdown on flying of drones in Thailand was first reported in December last year, however, it now seems that the authorities are now ready to make the new regulations become law.