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No laws in place to govern drone use, but users can be charged

Published:Tuesday | April 26, 2016 | 4:09 PM
Drones are controlled by a pilot on the ground through a remote and are increasingly being used for recreational activities, aerial photography, surveillance and research and development purposes.

 

Despite issuing a raft of guidelines to govern the use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles or drones, the Jamaica Civil Aviation Authority (JCAA) says these rules are not legally enforceable as there are no laws to govern the use of the devices in Jamaica.

The JCAA's Deputy Director General for Regulatory Affairs, Rohan Campbell says his agency is currently consulting with various drone operators and government ministries to collect information to craft regulations for drone activity in Jamaica.

However, Campbell says although the JCAA's guidelines for drones are not enforceable, persons may be charged for the misuse of drones under other laws.

 

JCAA Deputy Director General for Regulatory Affairs, Rohan Campbell

Campbell says drone operators have been responsive since it started issuing guidelines for the safe use of drones in public areas last year.

He says professional drone operators are increasingly applying for the JCAA's Special Aerial Work Permit which is currently issued free of cost.

Drones are controlled by a pilot on the ground through a remote and are increasingly being used for recreational activities, aerial photography, surveillance and research and development purposes.