Rigorous rules proposed for recreational drone flyers, documents show

‘The recreational users are going to have to meet more stringent safety requirements,’ federal official says

By Ashley Burke

College student Nick Howe says regulations for drone users in Canada sound 'too strict.'

College student Nick Howe says regulations for drone users in Canada sound ‘too strict.’ (Ashley Burke/CBC News)

Transport Canada is proposing that anyone flying a drone bigger than a tiny toy should have to register their devices, pass a knowledge test and pay for liability insurance, CBC News has learned.

Through an access to information request, CBC obtained the proposed regulatory framework for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) that were sent to Transport Minister Marc Garneau in April 2016.

The department is proposing that anyone operating a drone weighing more than 250 grams, including recreational users, should fall under more rigorous regulations expected to be introduced in 2017.

“The proposed floor for very small UAVs is intended to minimize the risks to persons, based on the speed and potential lethality,” the briefing note says. It adds that even “very small” drones can travel quickly and impart so much energy upon impact that there is a 30 per cent “likelihood of lethality.”

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