Recreational drone use just got a lot more restricted with new rules which were announced Today. The rules, which are effective immediately, mean recreational users will face a fine of up to $3,000 if drones weighing more than 250 grams are caught flying:
- Higher than 90 metres.
- Within 75 metres of buildings, vehicles, vessels, animals or people.
- More than 500 metres away from the user.
- At night, in clouds or somewhere you can’t see it.
- Within nine kilometres of somewhere aircraft take off or land, or a forest fire.
- Without your name, address and phone number marked on the drone itself.
- Over forest fires, emergency response scenes or controlled airspace.
Which makes Toronto a no fly zone except for parts of Scarborough and many photographers will no doubt find it more difficult to get the video and photos they want.
The new rules do not apply to people flying at sites and events sanctioned by the Model Aeronautics Association of Canada.
Transport Canada says anyone who sees someone flying a drone illegally should call 911.
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