Don’t drink and drone, says new Japanese law


The Japanese Government has passed a law which prevents drone operators doing so under the influence of alcohol.

According to a report from the BBC, breaking the new law could land the perpetrator up to a year behind bars.

Covering drones weighing more than 200g, the operator could also face a fine of up to 300,000 yen, a sum which equates to £2,200.

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Speaking to the AFP news agency, an official of the Japanese transport ministry, said how it believes operating a drone under the influence is the same as drink driving.

As well as fines over drunken use, the legislation also levies fines on pilots who perform dangerous stunts with their drone. Those caught quickly plunging the craft towards crowds could face fines of up to 500,000 yen.

Under the new law, drones are now also banned from being flown within 300m of Japan’s armed forces, US military personnel and ‘defence related facilities’ without prior permission.

The BBC report described how this follows an earlier ban on them approaching nuclear power plants, Japan’s parliament buildings and the prime minister’s office.

Stadiums and other sites for the 2020 Olympics are also off-limits to drone pilots.

Drone operators in Japan do not need a license but must abide by a series of regulations, failure to do so can result in a fine of up to 500,000 yen (£3,600).

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